March 19, 2010 19:51 by Caleb
For months our students have been talking about the growth zone during recreational therapy. The growth zone is an uncomfortable, progress inspiring place just outside the comfort zone, and right before the danger zone. Students have had the privilege to feel the growth zone during physical activities such as the mile run. As they race around the track trying to beat their best time it is tempting to stop once your lungs start burning and your legs get tired. The truth is that if you don’t push through that discomfort, you will never build the physical tolerance needed to improve.
Sometimes growth hurts a little bit, and that is a good thing. Therapy follows a similar pattern. It is comfortable to sit in an office with your therapist and talk about superficial topics that require little vulnerability. Unfortunately this will never help you come to a greater understanding of who you are, and what you are worth. The process of trusting another human being with your sincerest fears and opinions can be quite terrifying. It hurts to take that kind of emotional risk. Again, the wonderful truth is that if you will push through that discomfort and take those emotion risks with safe individuals, you will build the emotional tolerance to improve and increase your own self worth.
We are very excited to announce the upcoming parent retreat on May 13th – 14th. During this retreat families will have opportunities to explore their own growth zones and discover opportunities to strengthen and build relationships through experiential therapy. We invite all parents of current students to plan on attending our first ever parent retreat and experience the increased intimacy within a family that comes from spending time and working together. We hope to accomplish great things during this two day retreat and look forward to seeing you there.