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I consider myself a complete novice where Facebook is concerned, but one of the things that caught my attention recently was this delightful post about the little boy who was going in for an operation.
To help comfort him, he took with him his much loved, stuffed wolf. The wolf had a tear in its leg. Young Joshua asked if the doctors could do ‘wolf surgery too’ and was told ‘no’ by his parents. Yet when he came round, there was the little wolf lying next to him; now with a surgical mask, a little cast, and surgical sutures to his leg.
It’s a lovely story which restores one’s faith in human nature, but the thing which moves me to write about it on this blog was the little Facebook statistic which accompanied it. As of the time of writing a massive 1,953,672 people had read the story and posted a ‘Like’ against it. Almost two million people! Isn’t that just phenomenal! Being touched by such stories is not a minority pursuit! Doesn’t that say something very profound to us in the world of therapy?
To me it says that despite all of the current mainstream ways of seeing things, the thing which really counts is when ordinary, simple human compassion reaches out to another. That’s what touches people. That’s the core of what Carl Rogers said all of those years ago, it’s the core of Person-Centred therapy, which we strive to offer at PGCS and it’s stronger, I would suggest than all of the mainstream techniques, procedures, policies, or what have you. It’s the relationship that heals and ‘nowadays’ (that horrible word which is used to justify throwing out so much common sense) it is no different.
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