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Counseling Today: Finding Meaning and Direction in Life

Yesterday, while watching the news about protests happening in Libya, Tunisia, and Bahrain among others, I felt respect and admiration for people who put their lives at stake in their quest for freedom.

Then I realized that we who are in First World democratic countries share the same quest. But while these Arab nations demand freedom from dictatorships, ours is a quest to be free from all things that hinder us from evolving into who we want to become. These interior “dictators” may include past trauma, addictions, limiting habits, and unproductive relationships.

That is why counseling today plays a key role in the quest for freedom. It has evolved from a problem-solving technique to relationship that helps us find meaning and direction in life.

I like the new definition of counseling approved by the American Counseling Association in October last year.

“Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.”

Empowerment is the key word. This is what I do with the clients I counsel. I do not just help them solve specific problems; I guide them to discover the power within themselves so that they move towards the fullness of their life. As I always say: nothing makes me happier than to experience a person evolve into what that person would like to be and become.

So, yes, a revolution is happening in the Middle East, but another revolution is happening here. It is the revolution of the heart, and we are all called to participate.

Wise Words

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Nature gave men two ends – one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most
George R. Kirkpatrick

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Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.

-Tad Williams

“When you were born, you were crying and everyone around “When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.”

-Unknown

I thought growing up was something that happened automatically as you got older. But it turns out it’s something you have to choose to do. – TV show Scrubs