Not too long ago, I was challenged to come up with a list of 10 things I believe.  In addition to all the things I believe as part of my spiritual faith, the list that follows is the result of that challenge, on that given day.  I’m sure there are a lot more where these came from within my mind.  Take a look, and then consider what you’d write if someone challenged you.  Or, better yet, just pick up pen and paper, and see what your own list looks like when you start writing.

Here goes: 10 Things I Believe

  • I believe that a life of meaning and purpose can ease our way through the normal ups and downs of life, and through a whole lot more.
  • I believe that when clients understand more about their neurobiology and nervous systems as related to anxiety and trauma, shame is reduced and hope for healing increases.
  • I believe what Winston Churchill said.  “Success is achieved by going from failure to failure without losing one’s enthusiasm.”
  • I believe that you have a God-given “wow factor,” and that when combined with your unique story, it can enable you to touch the lives of others in a way no one else could.
  • I believe the best counselors have experienced counseling themselves and can remember what it’s like to be a client sitting down with a counselor for the first time.
  • I believe that quality of life is impacted by observing beauty, inhabiting peaceful space, accessing nature, and giving hope to others.
  • I believe that how we navigate times of unknowing has a profound impact on our lives.  There is no change without loss, and no loss without some grief.  Grieving is a natural and necessary part of processing change healthfully.  This includes the “down times” of the unknown.  The ebb is as crucial as the flow.
  • I believe we were created with a mind, body and spirit that are connected.
  • I believe we can relax into a lot of what happens and not force things to our will always.  We can live within the paradox of taking initiative while also waiting to see what develops.
  • I believe that courage plus support can change a life.

Now, what’s yours?

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