I am pretty sure that I am finished being a hands-on, face to face psychotherapist. I cleaned out my desk. The office is being rented to someone else. I have kissed all of my patients good-bye.
It was difficult, kind of earth-shattering in a very personal way, but now it’s done.
I did this gradually, over a two year period, so I think it went as well as possible. It also gave me time to transition to the next phase. I have worked with so many people who needed to navigate through difficult transitions, They had many different reasons: job loss, death of loved ones, illness, accidents, divorce, recovery, new job, new move, new partner. I tried to help them develop new skills. Now it’s my turn.
What I seem to be doing, just by having the time now to do so, is to step back and look around. I had been focused on so many individuals who each had to deal with unique situations. Now I want to look up at the sky. I want to try to put everything in some kind of perspective, to see how everything ties together. The world is changing very rapidly. It is creating a great deal of excitement and hope, but also disruption and fear. You can se e that in the politics that are in such turmoil.
I also see so many educated, dedicated, creative, caring people who are doing exciting, transformative, world changing things in so many areas, such as genetics, brains science, communications, space exploration, immunology, business management, sustainable energy, product development, medicine, food science ….. on and on in almost every field, even psychology.
I guess what I’d like to do is help everyone take a moment to step back and see how all of these changes interact with each other, and what kind of a new world we are creating. How do electric cars relate to genetic editing, to transgender marriages, to sustainable energy, to drone warfare, to on-line education, to a mars landing, to guided meditation?
Is all of this taking us where we want to go or is it just keeping everyone busy and making some people very rich?
I have become very aware that everyone’s lives will be very different in just twenty five years. I have also become very aware that, if I’m here, I will be 96 in twenty five years.(WTF?)
Therefore, before I ask the two hundred basic questions I have been thinking about, and try to generate a discussion about how we should all participate in designing our future, I will be going away. Far away, to the other side of the world. Got to do this while we can, ya know.
When I return we will begin the next phase, unless I decide that it’s enough to just play Shoots and Ladders, Pony, trains and ball.
See you in month or so.
Enjoy the summer.