Compassion & Kindness – From One Young Man To Another

shoulderI work with a variety of adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. One day however one of my clients came up to me to talk about why he was having such a difficult day.  After listening to him explain all the many reasons why he was feeling so anxious and upset, I put my hand on his shoulder and told him that he is braver then he realizes.  I further explained that having the courage to come to share his story with me took tremendous strength of character.

He still felt a bit anxious after telling me what was going on, so from there I decided that everytime I saw him I would tease him.  And by teasing him I mean that I would say, “I don’t see you smiling, think about all that is great in your life!”  This reminded him to be thankful that he has a house to live in, good people to live with, and a paying job.  This small act of reaching out to my client and reminding him that there is good in life and that it’s not all about what stresses us out has really turned around his past few days.

~ Jeff B., College Student

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2 Responses to Compassion & Kindness – From One Young Man To Another

  1. Cathy Laws says:

    Are you a Social Worker? Because it sounds like we are in the same line of work? 🙂 i have 55 clients on my caseload right now, one thing I always try to do when I see everyone is to dish out one compliment per session. I do just like you, thanking them for having the strength to come meet with me, especially if it’s our first time getting together. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Cathy,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comments. Jeff, who is a student of mine, sent me his story to post. He’s a very kind young guy so it didn’t surprise me that he had such compassion for this man. I will pass your comments onto Jeff.

    You sound like you have a very busy caseload! Your clients are lucky to have you 🙂

    Take care,
    barb (MamaKindness)

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