There’s a problem with the level of criticism hovering over people in caregiving positions. Attaching such strong morality to helping professionals creates unrealistic standards. Demanding perfection sets us up for failure. And so, we dismiss counselors or social workers whose personal lives are in shambles.Read More
For me, community started sharing the raw, unedited version of my story with those I had always tried to convince I was invincible. I spoke my loneliness and admitted my struggles—as a humanitarian, as a people-pleaser, as a lonely human being seeking belonging.
And instead of being rejected for disclosing my imperfections, I was greeted by an outpouring of grace: from loving phone calls, prayers, and financial gifts to friends driving twenty hours round-trip to come visit me when I was too fatigued to string together a coherent sentence. Before I finally found a place to settle down, people warmly opened up their homes to me indefinitely. I asked for support, and I received it—abundantly.Read More