One of the hardest of life’s challenges is getting along with other people. And it is especially difficult when the person with whom we are struggling sees the world very differently than we do, perhaps even in a way that causes friction or tension.
The tip for this month is one I learned years ago from a colleague in a different profession. When coming across someone who tested him or seemed “difficult” for him to understand, my friend would ask himself, “What’s his secret?”
That question causes us to be more introspective and curious, both about what might be happening in the other person’s world to influence their current behavior, but also about what might be happening in our world that would allow us to be so triggered by this person’s actions. Benefit of the doubt is always the better place to lean.
Many wonderful young men and women each year choose to set aside 18-24 months of their lives to serve as missionaries for their church. But sometimes things don’t go quite as expected and a missionary has to come home due to unanticipated physical or mental health problems that necessitate treatment and attention. It is not uncommon that when a missionary must return home early, they need support, encouragement, love, and validation. At Family Transitions Counseling we have been providing individual counseling for these individuals for some time now, offering help in putting shame and embarrassment in their proper place and being able to move forward confidently in life. A support group is being developed and will be held in the Pleasant Grove office. Please contact us for more information and to get signed up.
We have recently moved to a new location in Pleasant Grove. We no longer are at the American Fork office where we were located for about 7 years. Please make a note of this change. The new address is 481 East 1000 South, Suite A, Pleasant Grove, UT.