A Letter of Appreciation…

…to all the amazing counselors, therapists, mentors and guides out there.

In the short span of 6 months that I’ve been writing these posts, I’ve heard from many of you all over the country. Some of you come from correctional facilities, others from faith-based organizations, and still others from community centers. In addition, you work with a wide variety of age groups and issues, but there is one thing in common, and that’s your deep desire to help those you work with lead a productive and fulfilling life.

All your attention and focus is on those you serve. Today I would like to put the focus on you.

I often connect with deeper truths and clarity during my walk through the woods and around a picture-perfect lake. In my latest hike, I wondered how I, one person, could make a dent in the suffering that I see all around me. And even more depressing, does anything ever change? As I walked, I saw the dead of winter all around me, no leaves on the trees, most of the creatures hibernating, and no signs of life anywhere. It occurred to me that the forest goes through this cycle every year (as we go through ours), but not once does a tree question if spring would arrive this year. Would it be early, or late? Will I survive or not? There is an implicit understanding that at just the right time, the earth will awaken and will bring with it all that is needed for life, nourishment, and wellbeing.

Which led to my next thought, despite what appears at the surface, what if unseen forces are working deep underground that I’m not even aware of? For example, are new seeds taking root? Are trees at the cusp of their leaves bursting forth? In short, is there a physical and metaphysical bias supporting life and well-being that we are blind to?

As I contemplate the change in seasons and how they transition from one to another, I realize there is no stress or struggle. Nature never questions or doubts itself. It simply is. Is there a message in nature that we can implement in our lives? For example, how much have we stressed and struggled alongside our clients in the belief that more effort is needed?

Are we so focused on their external situations that we can’t see the unseen forces of nature at play in their lives? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could release that responsibility, which was never ours to begin with? And instead recognize that everything that is required for everyone to thrive is right here. The next steps just show up, we simply have to open our eyes to possibilities instead of only focusing on the fear, usually of failing others, or ourselves.

I’ll leave you with a quote by my favorite master teacher, Abraham Hicks:

“The more you effort, the more you are holding yourself in a vibration that doesn’t let [well-being] come.”

Are you ready to let go and trust that things are working out, especially when it doesn’t appear to be?

Naheed Oberfeld is an EFT practitioner, coach, and speaker based out of Germantown Maryland. She uses EFT and the Law of Attraction to help her clients live their full potential by releasing patterns of behavior that keep them stuck. She has helped her clients grow their business, reach their career goals, and mend broken relationships, all while creating a life of ease, joy, and passion.

If life is a journey, Naheed helps you enjoy the ride! She can be reached at naheed@oberfeldcoaching.com. Her website is www.OberfeldCoaching.com.

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