The title of our blog has reference to the location of our first home together, here in southeastern Idaho on a little ranch in Sugar City,"where only sweet things grow".

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Family Under Stress

The purposes and benefits of family stressors, and how to turn them into possible benefits.

In my psychology course I've been learning about perception and sensation. 
Perception- the process of organizing and interpreting sensory information, enabling us to recognize meaningful objects and events.
Sensation- the process by which our sensory receptors and nervous system receive and represent stimulus energies from our environment.

My professor, a Licensed Marriage & Family therapist of twenty-plus years, was sharing with the class a common theme that he's discovered. During their first visit  he'll ask the couple to share what it was that caused them to fall in love, and more often than not those characteristics that they initially adored have become the source of their frustration. Isn't that something else!?

I wonder, how do I perceive the sensations of life? Are my challenges stepping stones or stumbling blocks?

I shared with my wife the thought that when our loving Heavenly Father decides to answer our plea to remove a burden, the opportunity to progress is lost; or we will have to make due without that skill or increased understanding.