Rachel Dubrow, LCSW
The Silver Lining of 2020
If you're anything like me, you're relieved that 2020 is almost over. It's been quite the year - the Covid-19 pandemic in full force, Black Lives Matter, the Election, the vaccine rollout...I could go on and on. In reflection of this year, I'd like to offer some of the silver lining from all of this.
As a practice, we've spent the last 9 months doing things differently. And it was quite the adjustment! We morphed our homes into pseudo offices and got to see the world our clients live in (closets, bathroom vanities and cars included) in a way we never imagined. It provided a new context for all of us - and proved our humanity. We watched our clients cope, grow, adapt, and persevere. We helped them learn, laugh, grieve and even graduate from therapy (yes, that happens - see our recent blog post on how to graduate from therapy). It was the greatest challenge of the year; and we did it together.
One of the things that I suggest often at the end of the year is to spend a few minutes reflecting on what's happened over the last 366 days. It's a way to close out this year and start fresh on Friday. My offer to you is to do the same. Here's what that might look like:
The best part of 2020 was [fill in the blank].
The hardest part of 2020 was [fill in the blank].
The most unexpected part of 2020 was [fill in the blank].
My proudest accomplishment of 202 was [fill in the blank].
I surprised myself this year by doing/accomplishing [fill in the blank].
A challenge I overcame this year was [fill in the blank].
One funny/weird/random memory from 2020 was [fill in the blank].
The one thing I want to carry over into 2021 is [fill in the blank].
My 2021 be a fresh start for us all. May you begin the new year with peace, hope, and health knowing that only better things await.