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In the short time I have been working at Still WatersCounseling, in Saline, Michigan, I have sincerely been blessed with a wonderful work environment, heartfelt coworkers, and supportive owners who are also well credentialed therapists. All of this being said, the client based that shapes my day to day existence has kept me focused, and continuously challenges me to go deeper both within myself and in their worlds. I am intrigued by each and every person whom my path crosses. As I witness the transformation gifted by each individual’s therapeutic process, I learn something new every single day. It is a very individual experience. While there are many commonalities in mental health struggles, each person brings a unique experience to me. What works for one person may or may not work for another and considering this, it becomes a process of discovery, an adventure of sorts. But, as I talked about in my article, much of the struggle is heightened and prolonged because of the view of self. When we face the world being unkind and harsh to ourselves, (many times this is the underlying belief of being a failure or of feeling not good enough) we are cheating ourselves from our own successes. This distorted belief blinds us, robs opportunity, and it cripples our movement forward; it energizes suffering.
By enabling self-forgiveness, we are able to manifest self-compassion. Without it, our energy will drain and although we may be strong enough to keep pushing, the fight will always be a fight and we will never be self-fulfilled or truly give ourselves credit for all of our accomplishments. We’ve always heard beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I believe, success too is also seen through the eye of the beholder. You can be the most successful person in the world but if you do not love yourself, you will believe you are a failure. You, my friend, are worthy of the miracle of you and all that you, your best self, has to offer. All you have to do is plug in to the movement of self-love; celebrate you, don’t wait for others to do this. You are your best investment, you have your back and that is the most important thing to realize, run with this! For once you fully embrace this message and make it fundamentally part of you, your light will shine brighter than ever and the outside pieces of your life will begin to fall into place and flow more peacefully. Why, because this love and happiness authentically came from the inside out as opposed to the outside in (material wealth only boosts happiness momentarily). Genuine love from the inside out is what feeling good in your own skin is all about, it gifts long-term bliss. Bless yourself with the wonders of you. If you feel you have lost hope, tug on your lifeline for help and seek local counseling, you are worth the effort!