HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY TO STAR POINT COUNSELING CENTER. It was 5 years ago today Clarissa Crystal-Belle, LMHC, Co Founder/ Executive Clinical Director and Author saw her first client in a small rented office with an office chair and a card table. I know it is not the proper setting for a professional office but this client didn’t care, they just wanted to get in to see her. Sam DiFranco Co Founder/ Executive Business Director was managing Star Point Counseling Center from the lobby with a brief case and a lap top computer. We grew exponentially into multiple office and a counseling team of over 10 therapists helping thousands and thousands of clients. 5 years, where has the time gone! We look forward to helping thousands and thousands more clients in the future.
Black lives matter, I truly believe that and that everyone is equal. African Americans have had inequalities since slaves were brought to America to be bought and sold. The Emancipation Proclamation was suppose to free slaves, and it did. However, the inequalities did not stop. The Union had troops in the southern states after the civil war to enforce that slaves were indeed free, although inequalities were rampant. The presidential election of 1876 changed that. Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was the northern states nominee and Democrat Samuel J. Tilden was the southern states nominee. The election was disputed and that led to The Compromise of 1877. The democrats agreed to give the presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes and in exchange they had to withdraw the Union troops out of the south. With the Union troops gone from the southern states the white plantation owners did whatever the wanted to do to the black people and the authorities turned the cheek and pretended to not notice. This practice went on for almost 100 years until the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, much overdo at that point. If I was an African American living in the south from 1865 to 1965 I would gotten the heck out of there as soon as I could, why would they stay?
My concern is that the inequalities are focused on Black America and Black Lives Matter, which I totally agree, they do matter. But, how about the other ethnic groups in America? How about the Asian’s who helped build the railroads across our nation? How about the inequality right after Pearl Harbor when the U.S. Government rounded up as many Asians as they could find and put them in a barricaded area simply because of the way they looked. How about the Irish and Italian Immigrants who came to America from 1870 to 1925? They were the manual labor who helped build the industrialized cities with no labor laws and severe labor inequalities. How about the Hispanic immigrants who came to America in the last 50 years or so? They are feeling inequalities simply on a language barrier. How about the inequalities of women, they were treated as if they were stupid, weak and could not do anything except cook and clean. How about the current inequality on gay, lesbian and transgender people, the recent hate crimes in Orlando exposed the most recent inequality in America. How about the pre judgement and inequalities on Eastern Indian and Middle Eastern people in America after 9-11-2001? How about the biggest inequality of all, the American Native’s? They welcomes the white man from England, taught them how to survive only to have their entire nation stripped of them piece by piece, broken treaty after broken treaty and then cast into the desert.
So, with that being said, I think we, as Americans, should change Black Lives Matter to All Lives Matter.
Humans today have so many things going on in their lives. A majority of these things cause stress, and are a source of worry for many people. Some of these things include working, taking care of family/home life, or studying for exams. These things tend to become overwhelming and can cause people to feel depressed, or even numb.
When this happens, and you begin to think there is no way out from under all this stress, there is. If you just work on one area of your life to start, you can begin to reduce the stress and depression, regain feeling, and improve the quality of your daily life experience. This area is known as recreation.
Often when people hear the term recreation, they either do not know what it is, or think of activities like walking or running. A recreational activity is actually a wholesome activity that stimulates your adrenaline, and is purely for the heck of it, fun. This can include taking a class in which you are doing something that is active, or playing a sport–but this activity CANNOT be competitive. The point of doing recreational activities is to do something fun.
Here are some ideas for recreational activities you can begin trying today:
- Salsa dancing
- Riding a bike
- Playing non-competitive sports
If all else fails, try skipping. You absolutely cannot feel depressed or stressed while skipping.
What do you do for recreation?