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Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit
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A Map of the World
Unknown; Retold by William Cunningham
There was this young boy who so badly wanted to play with his mother. On this day, his mother had worked particularly hard and was quite tired by the time she had arrived home. The boy's demands for the mother's attention were more than she could bear that evening and in frustration she took a map of the world and tore it into pieces and threw it on the living-room floor.
She told the boy, who had never had a geography lesson in his life and did not even know his states, that as soon as he put the world back together she would play with him. She then went into the kitchen for her coffee and a well-deserved period of relaxation.
Lo and behold, the child came back in about four minutes and told the mother the world was back together. She walked back into the living-room with her son and to her amazement the world was in perfect order.
Thinking she had a genius in the family, she asked, "How did you get the world back together so quickly?"
The little boy explained, "Well you see on the back side there was a picture of a little boy just like me, and when I put all the pieces of the little boy together just right and taped it and flipped it over, the world came out just perfect."
We live in a world that is often upside-down, inside-out, backwards-forwards, and reversed-upon-itself. Of course, we could join the world in focusing on externals by going from the outside in-tough work with limited information. Alternatively, we can be apart of all true healing processes by centering within ourselves first and cleaning up our own backyardsthen our world fits together.
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