Reaping What You Didn’t Sow

Has anyone ever told you, “you’re reaping what you’ve sowed”?  It’s true that some things that happen to us are a direct result of something we have done. However, that is not always the case. There are also times when we reap what we do not sow.

Those who know me know that I like to garden. I have a vegetable garden. This past year I saw the leaves of a tomato plant sprouting in the garden. I began to cultivate it, and for the past three months my husband and I have been enjoying the sweet juice of delicious yellow tomatoes. pexels-photo-209565 I have no idea where this plant came from. I didn’t plant it. Was there a loose seed in the soil of another plant I purchased? Did a bird drop the seed from a neighboring garden?  I don’t know where or how it got there, but I do know that I reaped tomatoes I didn’t sow.

In addition to good, we also, unfortunately, can be the receivers of  pain, sorrow, and agony that we don’t deserve.   Read more


Hi.  My name is Gretchen J. Penner and I want to welcome you. Before we begin, let me tell you just a little bit about myself. I am currently a therapist with the Therapeutic Center for Anxiety and Trauma. After working in communications for over 20 years, I made a decision to go back to school, earn my master degree, and pursue a career as a Clinical Social Worker.fullsizeoutput_267 I graduated with my Master of Social Work from the accredited program at California State University, Fullerton. My concentration was in Community Mental Health where I focused my training on trauma informed therapy and mood disorders. Since graduating I have continued to expand my knowledge and experience working with adolescents and adults who have struggled with anxiety and depression.

None of us are immune from trauma. Some are able to walk through a traumatic incident with little to no scars. Then there are the times when we find ourselves struggling with fear, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, unable to sleep, decreased appetite, angry outbursts, and no longer doing the things we used to enjoy.  If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these symptoms, there is help. You don’t have to live with these limitations. I provide a safe, non-judgmental place where you can talk about your greatest fears, process your deepest pain, learn healthy coping skills, and regain your peace, joy, and life. You have the power within you to do this. We all do. Sometimes, we just need a little help.

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