Doing what we love and expressing our voice are two ways that allow us to meet our need for meaning, celebration of life and participating in the quest for fulfillment.
I have the good fortune of being in a profession that
uses all aspects of who I am and allows me to grow, learn, and experience life's mysteries. Yesterday, was a case in point. I worked New Year's Eve. It was good, a phenomenal time. I love it when God's is present when having a session with a client. So, it was, today.
I asked a client to take his Present Self----along with skills and tools he's learned from the time we've spent together----and go back and comfort his younger self. I further asked if we could transport ourselves to a moment when he was abused. He was willing and we journeyed. It was a marvelous, time of healing.
I mentioned the ghost of his painful past will disappear as it sees its Present Self handling similar disturbing moments with strength, confidence and personal integrity----applying healthy, principles in areas that once were fraught with trauma, chaos, wavering, indecision and fear.
I just got home from celebrating the New Year with friends. It was a lovely time. What touched me most was the sincere concern they have for me. I was encouraged, emboldened by their kind words and enthusiasm for me.
I got a little inspired while spending time with my friends. I even mentioned some of the thoughts I shared in my last public lecture. Those with me didn't mind.
I'm so glad they were not blown away by my intensity. When I talk about things that transforms lives, I cannot speak as if I have marbles in my mouth, devoid of passion.
Looking back at the past year, I see:
1. I wrote 330 posts in 2012, an average of 27.5 a month.
2. I met many terrific people while tending to duties as the innkeeper.
3. We now have an assistant innkeeper, Carl. Ya ay!
4. In 2012 we had 1,236 comments, thank you, very much.
5. I added videos to several posts this year.
6. This month, we will probably hit the 600th post marker.
7. This inn has been open less than two years, it's anniversary is March 13th.
8. I love my life.
9. I have a marvelous family----the result of my getting out of the way of my sons, entrusting them to God, loving them, and letting them know how proud I am, being their father.
10. This New Year will be the best year ever.
11. As a result of speaking in November, I have 21 new clients. Wow.
12. I'm grateful for a Board of Directors who help solidify, support and strengthen the service I provide. We were not meant to live in isolation. I'm indebted to the many who offer me their love and practical help.
13. I look forward to the future with joy, optimism, love, a song in my heart and confidence. I am deeply fulfilled, my life is filled with wonder.
14. I have learned how to love others without losing myself. Boundaries, insisting on reciprocity and character discernment are key.
15. I have learned how to accept love in return.
16. My sight, once clouded and confused, is now clear and is able to perceive reality and recognize truth. (From Survival to Recovery, p. 269.)
17. Most important of all, I know God's deep love for me, it is often incarnated through my Balcony People, who stand on the sidelines, cheering me on, as I run the race of life.
I am thankful I am able to work to my personality. I counsel in ways consistent with my enthusiasm and passion, using the results of decades of study and work in my particular field.
I am thrilled I'm not working in a job, but I'm fulfilling the vocation I had----the calling I received as a youth. I'm glad I'm able to answer questions clients ask. It's the result of spending more than 30,000 hours in the work I do.
I'm humbled I'm able to assist others. Those I work with realize, through the work we do, that they can and will transcend self-imposed limitations. It's a privilege seeing others bloom before me, most within a short period of time.
This year I had new clients, who, in their first session with me, were thisclose to being institutionalized----even clutching at me.
After an hour and a half session, they were calm, in their right mind. They had hope, once again, along with the beginnings of tools that permit them overcome self-loathing, depression, rage, the need to control outcomes and anxiety.
I enjoy the challenge of my work. I am constantly learning and growing as result of learning from others, including my clients. How could I not have an Attitude of Gratitude?