It has been a while since we have had the pleasure of writing our ‘On The Couch’ article and we are happy that we have been invited to return to this popular publication and to muse with our readers about our past year and also the forthcoming year of 2013, at such a crucial time in our Calendar.
We’ve been very busy this year at Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre, as aside from our vital Counselling and Training centre activities, we took the plunge and held a very large National Conference at the Manchester Conference Centre in early March 2012; which was to our relief a great success and in some ways surprisingly it has seen us grow greater than the economic climate (or ourselves), may have predicted.
As we have noticed that there are small signs of slowly emerging from a double dip recession, this led both of us to muse about the synchronicity that Christmas and New Year brings. Christmas time is often perceived as one of celebration and connectedness, though to some extent it is also the quietest of all the seasons; it is a time to pause, to reflect and to take stock of where we are, where we have been and where we would like to be.
The New Year brings the promise of change and of renewal and growth, as does the earth in preparation for spring and to some extent, naturally as human beings so do we. It is, therefore, not surprising that there is such intensity of feeling for all of us at this time of year, as this season arrives and inevitably departs.
So for all of us, as we experience Christmas, both the highs and the lows, it may be worthwhile recognising that this is a natural part of our seasonal and emotional cycle, that we are all connected in one way or another, be it through family, friends or nature.
So whatever Christmas and New Year brings, we hope it turns out to be a great festive experience for everyone, however you choose to acknowledge or celebrate it.
Seasons Greetings to All Local People Readers
Helen & Monica