The opportunity for personal growth shows itself everyday in our lives. As a therapist, I am blessed to work with people who desire a better relationship with themselves. We are called to help others, guide others, nurture, challenge and support. Our natural tendency to learn and want to grow is always in play and hard to turn off. Our own growth as therapists plays an important role in our ability to provide help to others.
Recently, I have been challenged over and over again about my beliefs and paradigms. Some challenges have been painful, required a lot of patience and understanding on my part. What I learned in my 20s and 30s is very different from this decade of growth. Some challenges have been around life changes that are out of my control such as health, death, and loss. Losing my father, a few beloved pets, and other physical life changes pushed me into a path that I did not want to particularly travel….but, it happens, whether I want it or not. I have stood at the edge of a cliff; the scenery was beautiful, but also terrifying in some ways. I had to put one foot in front of the other, take care, and start learning.
Diving into the realm of awareness helps me remember who I am and what I am made of…I am constantly learning that all of life’s lessons allow me to move me through stages of processing to help with an answer, a relationship, a dream. I become somehow, more self-differentiated. Understanding that my personal awareness helps me to be honest with myself, introspective, and mentally present in life is a huge gift. A gift that has provided so much love, appreciation, and hope.
I am grateful for the people who have taken the dive into the unknown, to be challenged…who want to grow. It’s not an easy journey. It is hard to trust, to believe, and to be aware of what we cannot see. Challenges are opportunities to grow. We all face them. How we define those moments can make the difference between being hopeful or hopeless. I wish for hope for all of you. Take the plunge!