January 7, 2017, Prescott-
I spent five hours, this morning and early afternoon, getting certified in Psychological First Aid, a skill that is necessary for me to be on our area Red Cross Individual Compassionate Care Team (ICCT).
Being so certified has been almost second nature for me, since childhood. Despite being seemingly clueless, as to other people’s suffering, it’s been my inclination to pitch in and help out ( with a listening ear and helping hands, more than with an open wallet- which doesn’t always have much in it, anyways).
This is what led me to become a counselor, and still keeps me in the loop, with regard to community healing. So, after a bit more red tape, I will be on the ICCT, as well as staying on full time, with Prescott Public Schools.
Enough about me, though. The whole concept of public service may well be challenged, in the next four years. I have a “wait and see” attitude, right now, and we certainly can’t expect much forward progress on our issues, if there is a building of walls, both physical and mental, as an immediate priority. WE, at the Red Cross, and in the schools, will continue to place top priority on the well-being of those who are hurting, and on the community as a whole.