Rogers developed the person-centred approach to counselling (and life), noticing nature on his parent’s farm. When a tree is cut, the life force pushes new shoots up – he called it a “self-actualising tendency” – I agree: given the right conditions, recovery and thriving are possible.
However, we need respect, tolerance, empathy and compassion (willingness to act and state the uncomfortable).
I am choosing people and spaces that provide those conditions and avoiding those that forget the importance of life: we are all humans and part of nature. It’s that simple.
Yet so hard to remember when systems and broken people push us to our own edge.
It’s safer to walk in the middle of the path with people who hold those boundaries and see humanity and Nature in us, with us.