You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. Jim Rohn
Online counseling training is an excellent way to learn how to aid those in need or simply sharpen your counseling skills. Online courses can further help by giving you an opportunity to work an education around your schedule. With a virtual classroom, you can take it with you wherever you go! Below is an excellent article by an instructor on Navigating Through Life Changes.
Life changes and we change along with it. If you are like me, you may be experiencing changes in life patterns, in life expectations and outcomes. What you envisioned your life to be may not be your reality anymore. What was “known” to you changes, and you may feel baffled, without energy, and hopeless. Are you feeling that way? I understand you; to feel sad and challenged is just human. However….it’s up to you how you continue feeling.
I want to use the analogy of life and the seasons. Many people have written about this analogy, being Jim Rohn one of my favorites. Jim said we all go through Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. It is not a surprise! Spring is a time of renewal, new beginnings, new opportunities! We may not even take a pause to think! We enjoy this time in our lives, expecting to last forever. We are hopeful, motivated, and filled with joy!
Then, we reap in Summer what we have sown in Spring. Although, I know that at times what we reap is not a reflection of what we sowed, because there are other variables we may not have taken into account or were out of our control. However, we can still learn from this, change our strategy, and continue renewed with expectations. We still have hope and strength. When Fall comes, is a time to cherish the good times in our lives and prepare ourselves for those times when we will experience the extreme cold of Winter.
Because… it will come, even if we do not want it.
Are you facing a Winter now? What kind of Winter is it? What are you doing about it? Are you complaining about how cold it is? Or are you lighting a fire to keep you warm? If you are experiencing an extreme cold Winter, I understand you. Recently, I have experienced a couple of Winters. However…it is up to us, if we freeze to death, or if we choose to wear a warm coat, get close to the bonfire, and know that Spring is about to arrive.
Remember…Your Life has Meaning!
Ligia M. Houben, MA, FT, CGC, CPC