February may be the month of love, but it is always a good idea to reflect on where we are in our relationships. Here are some tips to assist you in strengthening relationships that can often cause stress and frustration in our lives.
The ABC’s of Life
Accept differences, Be kind, Count your blessings, Dream, Express thanks, Forgive, Give freely, Harm no one, Imagine more, Jettison anger, Keep confidences, Love truly, Master something, Nurture hope, Open your mind, Pack lightly, Quell rumors, Reciprocate, Seek wisdom, Touch hearts, Understand, Value truth, Win graciously, Xeriscape, Yearn for peace, Zealously support a worthy cause
The ABC’s can be incorporated into many relationships. Remember always, unless we love ourselves, it is difficult to let love in.
We don’t have to “be in love” to give or receive love. Love can be expressed in our words and actions to many, including ourselves in addition to our partners, children, friends and family.
Brenda S Faiber, MS, LMFT has been a practicing Marriage & Family Therapist for 37 years and has worked as a consultant and therapist in many different venues including JFS Orlando, Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Centers, FEMA and recently as a Behavioral Health Specialist for a comprehensive and all-inclusive LGBTQA center and her private practice in Altamonte Springs.
Her greatest joy is when a client shares with her that she made a significant difference in their lives and they will be forever appreciative and grateful. Helping people live safely in the world being all that they can “be” is what being a therapist is all about for her. Her mission has always been to provide a safe, nurturing environment for individuals to heal their wounds, reclaim their lost selves and learn how to become proactive in their lives.
She believes that: “We all have the gift of life and it is up to us how we live it.Don’t ever give up and take ‘no’ for an answer.”