I don’t know what you think, but when I see a sign that says people want to know what I think …
… I often think this:
They want to sell me something.
I think I might be too suspicious, especially since I always tell people in my Coping and Healing groups that I want to know what they think.
I let people in my groups know that I want to know what they think (and feel) by naming what I’m curious about in the moment, which often includes
- their experience of whatever mindfulness exercise we did at the beginning of the group,
- everything that’s happened since the last time I saw them,
- what’s going on for them in the moment (including thoughts, feelings, and body experiences),
- anything they’re aware of that might be contributing to what’s going on for them in the moment, and
- many other curious thoughts I’m having.
Then I shut up, to let them know I’m more interested in what they think than I am in what I think.
I want to know what you think about my other photos from yesterday.
I want to know what you think about things I might do during my week off from work, besides
- walk and observe nature,
- see lots of flowering trees,
- spend time with friends,
- enjoy delicious food,
- complete a *%$*&#@ form for the Internal Revenue Service,
- chair a board meeting of group therapists,
- let people know about the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy‘s June conference,
- celebrate Mother’s Day,
- miss my late mother, and
- appreciate each precious moment.
I want to know what you think of this song:
We want to know what you think of this post, of course.
Do you want to know what I think? I’m thinking thoughts of gratitude for all those who helped me create today’s blog and — of course! — for YOU.