The Gifts in the Storm

Dec 17, 2020

Shea Barakatt, MA, LCSW, LCDC — Clinical Director

As I think back to this time last year, I remember the family gatherings, everyday routines, and traditions that took place, and I smile with a feeling of peace. I remember the moments of excitement for my son’s senior year, the state wrestling tournament, and the training, along with managing work and all the things life “normally” throws at you.

My life changed in 2020 but not quite like the vision I had in my mind.

I decided to activate a career move in 2019, which headed down the tracks in February 2020  just as the pandemic hit and the shelter-in-place order started. Although these were all positive decisions on everyone’s part, this was not a typical work transition. I learned new ways to treat patients, communicate using technology, and deal with my feelings of uncertainty, fear, and loss. Most importantly, I learned how to shift at a moment’s notice, knowing I was doing the best I could with the tools I had.

Gifts always shine in the midst of what I see as a storm.

My family and I spent time together and had real, transparent conversations, not to mention eating meals together again. During the time of shelter in place, my new coworkers and I continued to show up every day to figure out how to continue to treat our patients. I learned about computers and telehealth. Some things worked, and some ideas did not, but we continued to press on and be creative. Today, I view life and my new skillsets as real gifts from God. I know that tomorrow is not a promise.

This year has been a gift.

I see how much the people I love and I have grown. I have witnessed how a community can band together to protect one another during adversity. I am clear this is not everyone’s view on the last 11 months, but what I do see is an overall understanding of how important it is to stop and listen to your neighbor. Today I choose to see the good in the world because it is good.

I want to thank Origins for believing in me on days when I did not believe in myself.

Every department and individual at Origins had a hand in creating Origins Recovery & Counseling Center of Dallas. I also want to thank my family for listening when I am scared and my friends who pick up the phone or FaceTime with me. Today, all of these things put a smile on my face.

The year 2021 will bring its own set of challenges, concerns, and adjustments. Just know today it’s O.K. to ask for help. I do it daily, and it is my most utilized tool.


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