The book is finished and it has gone to the copy-editor for a look over. I will be looking for an additional beta reader.
The following is the last few paragraphs of the end of the book
To the workers I believe that this is my voice to you. If you become a worker because you want to feel powerful, don’t become a CPS worker. If you become a worker because you are completing your Title IV scholarship. Pay attention to your intentions of why you want to do this work. This is hard work. It is not hard because of the case numbers. The case numbers can vary depending on your agency. It is not hard because of the administrators, they come and they go.
It is hard because your heart will be broken, your faith will be tested, and yourself and others will question your intentions. It is hard because no matter what you do you will fail. It is also glorious because you will experience making a “real” difference in the lives of others. If you allow yourself to be open you will learn about yourself from the eyes of your clients. If you are wise you will take that knowledge and make the necessary course corrections. It is glorious because you will discover it is the simple things that matter in another person’s life. It may open the world of possibilities to your own life. it is glorious because no matter what there will be times that you succeed.
In my new chapter, I have a private practice. I have a holistic perspective, which I learned from working in CPS. I have learned that it is not just one thing that impacts our individual lives. It is our mind, body and spirit that creates our whole selves.
If I were to think about CPS I would think that the administrators are the mind, the body are the clients and the spirits are the workers that can change the lives of others. To all workers from a worker we are the heart of the agency.
Whether you feel valued by whatever agency you work for understand without the spirit the mind and body flail about. Treat yourself with respect, even when others do not give you respect. Be kind to yourself and recognize your own imperfection. Learn so that you will become a better person. Make life-affirming choices more often than life destroying choices. Know that you impact the lives of more than one person but the lives of the generations that will follow. Know that you are not alone because you can stand on the shoulders of those that are there to help you in your journey. Find them and enjoy the journey.