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SPIRIT Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling & Education  April 2010  · Touching Lives · Healing Hearts
“No matter how long the winter, SPRING is sure to follow!” It’s official. Spring is here. It’s time to do away with winter worries and bask in the sunshine of the season. To help shed those worries, the Krist Samaritan Center wants to you to stop and smell the roses and enjoy this month’s Spirit.
Spring clean your soul. As an unusually cold winter comes to a close and colorful flowers begin to bloom, many of us are eager to engage in spring cleaning. While most of us see the value in “de-cluttering” our living spaces, we often neglect to “de-clutter” our mind. Like dirty laundry, fear, hurt and many other psychological uncertainties pile up in our souls and leave us feeling overwhelmed. Because of our lengthy mental laundry lists, many of us don’t know where and how to begin the internal cleansing process to sweep away the pain.  Add yourself to your spring cleaning checklist. Amidst your day-to-day duties and responsibilities, take the time to look inside your soul and see where your personal dust collects. Whether it’s a troubled marriage, an unforgiving friend or the guilt from a selfish mistake, we need to clean house and stop allowing worries to consume our minds. Instead of permitting negative thoughts to pile up, discuss and discharge those troubles. Take action to mentally cleanse your mind by addressing the topics that are causing you stress. Here are some helpful tips to add to your “mental spring cleaning” to-do list:  Come to the realization that you need to “de-clutter” your soul. Understand how suppressed hurt can rear its ugly head in ways you might have overlooked in the past.  Look for ways to be kind to others and thank others when they are kind to you. In today’s fast-paced world, a simple “thank you” and smile can go a long way. Engage in conversation with those people who trouble you. Open communication and honesty are the keys to maintaining healthy relationships. Act in a spirit of love and humility. Hate and pride are crippling emotions that translate into all facets of your life. Never go to bed mad. As cliché as it sounds, it’s true. Harboring anger, disappointment or any other negative emotion is never good. Peaceful sleep is very important to a healthy mental and physical state. Service Spotlight  Each month, Spirit shines a spotlight on one of our services to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.  “Healing Hearts After Hurricane Ike” Counseling Program  The Krist Samaritan Center offers counseling geared toward victims of Hurricane Ike’s powerful devastation. Our clinicians are specially trained to counsel those dealing with any psychological issues that surface after such a damaging storm. We want to hear your story. To learn more, visit our Web site. Or, to make an appointment, call 281.480.7554. A Friend In Need. Have a friend who is still dealing with the after-effects of Hurricane Ike? Tell them about the Krist Samaritan Center. We would love to help. Don't go through life, grow through life.  -Eric Butterworth
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