Chris Cooper PhD

Inspiration

 

This drawing represents one idea of the feeling of support we can get from each other – whether in therapy or from family or friends. When one feels like one is overwhelmed or drowning in stress or problems, the strength of another can be what is needed to keep one’s head above the metaphorical water!

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug at your ankles,
Mend my life!
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road filled with fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world
determined to do
the only thing you could do
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Mary Oliver