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What I asked for help and guidance with from this time with Bears was this… my hope, and desire was to develop more meaningful relationships in my life- and to find comfort in the times I may not find it easy and instantaneous. I spoke of my gratitude for the life I have created here– with mySon-Rise Program family and at The Option Institute. I spoke of my love for the people I spend my day with and how growing with them daily has helped to create this bond of love, a growing history and familiarity in the comfort of friendships that I share with them. As I write this now I smile, grateful for my life and the people in it. I feel excited by the thought that I have a want in my life to create more of this. I have made this my home and now I want to stretch myself to create bonds of friendship and familiarity with more people- people that I come in contact with outside of my Son-Rise Program and Option Institute friends. I want to stretch myself to create relationships continually and exercise my ability to connect with others.
I shared with Bears this desire to connect with others, and how sometimes I find that when I try to connect I am not always greeted with the same smilingSon-Rise Program/Option Institute warmth and love as I have found with the people I spend my days with here. Bears helped me realize my ability to find comfort in those moments- I realized how no matter what I can continue to show up in my life happy and comfortable in situations where I may not find a smiling face and friendly embrace. These are the tools he gave me:
The greatest gift he shared with me was the awareness to always show up as myself- as I have so much to offer others!
As we spoke of this, he gave me a little (but powerful) saying to take with me in my -social connection adventures- with others : “No, means next”!!! If I don’t initially find a connection with someone or an openness to form a relationship with that person, I simply move on to another person and persevere to find someone I do connect with. This is just like
Thank you Bears for sharing your knowledge, your love, and all your warmth!
I feel so blessed to have shared this time with you, to connect and deepen our relationship!!”