Grief

Location Change. Calendar Change. Resolution Change.

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Depression, Emotions, Grief, Self-Concept, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Location Change.  Calendar Change.  Resolution Change.

In case you haven’t heard the news – Planting Seeds Counseling and Coaching has moved offices.  We’ve moved out of the house in the Historic District of Frisco into a newly constructed office in West Frisco.  As with any change… We let go of some things that we held fondly…  We let go of some things we were glad to see go. At the same time we are beginning to grab hold of some things… That are new and exciting while… Enduring frustrations over things that are perhaps not as we had hoped.  So is the nature of change…  Some things must be let go of in order to fully...

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Mother’s Day – A Day of Ambivalence

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Depression, Emotions, Grief, Loneliness, Parenting | 0 comments

Mother’s Day is here again and families are preparing for a day of honoring and doting on their beloved mother.  Many will spend the day eating together and celebrating multiple generations of mothers.  Each represented mother will be showered with accolades for the many roles she has played and the many ways she has loved her children.  However, for some this day feels more like a day of suffering rather than celebrating.  While for some people this day reminds them of what they have – for others this day reminds them of what they have not.  Mother’s Day can be a day of...

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Numbing is Dumbing

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Emotions, Grief, Substance abuse | 0 comments

Numbing is Dumbing

Right from the start I want to tell you that I dislike the title for this post.  Yes, I crafted the title.  It rhymes and it is provocative.  But it also lacks understanding and compassion.  There are reasons that many people turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, food or maybe just checking out in front of the TV or computer.  Sometimes life feels too overwhelming to handle.  The message that seems to be prevalent, particularly in song lyrics, is that escape is better than reality.  Tears well up in my eyes each time I hear the song “Habits” by Tove Lo.  Here is just the chorus:...

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September Is Suicide Prevention Month

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Loneliness, Suicide | 0 comments

September is Suicide Prevention month. Sadly, it lands just one short month after the world lost one of our most beloved entertainers, Robin Williams.  Suicide prevention is about education, about encouraging each other to be involved and to ask questions, and mostly suicide prevention is about offering hope. On that note, one of the most helpful websites that I have found is: http://metanoia.org/.  Specifically, the page “If you are thinking about suicide… read this first” http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/. From this website: “Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds...

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The Gift of Emotions

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Emotions, Grief, Loneliness, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It has been said that “emotions buried alive never die”.  If you are like me, you might say “yep, that make sense” but with no real understanding of how this concept is lived out in your own life.  So let’s talk about emotions. Some Christian literature talks about emotions as something to be controlled.  Some language gives the impression that many emotions are meant to be eradicated. I’d like to present an alternative view.  Emotions are a gift from God.  We know that God gives good gifts but I get the mental picture of opening up a box of loneliness on Christmas morning...

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