A poem I wrote early in my work in addiction treatment ….
We will never force change
It comes from within and runs from pressure
We can only believe in the goodness that bears us all
And the connection that can open with anyone
With the right patience & acceptance
All the clichés whirl around my head
With meaning I can’t believe was absent
When it comes to self-improvement in the face of self-destruction
Only one person can choose their decision
And their decision is already made
It is not simple
The duality that battles fear and panic with logic and reason
Is the essence of spirit versus instinct
And who would argue spirit, cannot deny instinct
Yet it is instinct that we distinguish & disparage
How dare you escape at will when we righteous must battle fear & logic with deference or heartache.
Jessica is a psychotherapist, relationship and addiction expert, and creator of The Visible Self ® and VisibleU™ system. Over the last 17 years she has helped hundreds of busy adults create healthier habits and more satisfying relationships.
Jessica received her Master’s in Applied Psychology from New York University, and completed mediation training at the Columbia University School of Law. She has held numerous clinical roles, managed clinical operations for a national EAP, and advised executives on employee-relations concerns at Fortune 1000 companies. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and a master instructor of mindful living …their Border Collie/Pointer-mix “Abby”.