Currently Crafting: Honoring Pain
I love making little collage pages. These are good for little journal notes. And I've found another perfect use for these pages.
I'm a social worker/therapist and the main duty of my current job is taking reports of abuse and neglect. So you can imagine that I hear a lot of painful stories. Sometimes, a particular client sticks with me and it is difficult to let go of their suffering. Although it is important to empathize with others' pain, I can't hold onto it. I've found a good outlet for that. I make these little pages to honor them and their pain. It's my way of feeling their pain and then letting it go.
I choose colors or themes that resonate with me for whatever reason. Sometimes it directly relates to the individual's story, other times it just makes me feel better. As I make the page, I leave a hidden pocket somewhere on the page. I write the individual's first name or initial only, fold it up small and stick it in the hiding spot. One day, I plan to bind the pages I already have and add blank pages.
I doubt any past or future client will ever read this post. But maybe you are someone's client. Or maybe one of your loved ones is. Regardless, you can know that someone out there honors your suffering. Maybe you could pass it on by acknowledging and honoring someone else's pain?