My bookclub, all 5 of us, had re-scheduled our regular meeting to an impromptu get-together on Sunday afternoon. We met at a quaint little dessert place. It was a last minute suggestion and miraculously everyone made it.
The rain stopped and the sun appeared. We lucked into a table by the window which we opened wide to catch the warmth of the afternoon. We crowded around a small table as we greeted one another with big smiles. We had coffee with pie a la mode and we talked, told stories of our summer experiences – highlighting the funny bits – and we laughed out loud. We purposefully kept our encounter light. The focus for the afternoon was to re-connect and enjoy a couple of hours together. Good friendships are a lifeline.
Many clients who come in to my office to see me, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, are in some form of emotional distress. When feelings of anger, anxiety and depression invade a person’s life, then such feelings can impact to their detriment the way they think, act and socialize. It is usually at this time that many reach out for professional help.
Intense emotions are signals that you need help in sorting out the life challenges that you are facing. When these emotions take over your thought processes then you are not thinking clearly and your judgement or decision making is not sound. Also, when you wallow too much in these negative emotions, you can isolate yourself or make it difficult for your friends to connect with you.
We are social beings and it is important to relax with friends now and then and laugh – to appreciate the lighter side of life. Life is hard and everyone has or will have their unique challenges. Stay connected to friends and family. And, when negative emotions or the feeling of being ‘stuck’ get the better of you, seek help. There is always a solution, there is always a way to move forward.
Stay on track, enjoy your frindships. LOL.