When I started this journey several years ago to become a therapist, I knew my purpose was to be of service to someone in need. There are a lot of days I am exhausted from helping people all day, and I don’t have anything left to give anyone else. Occasionally I will receive messages about my blog or people thinking that my life is perfect. My life isn’t perfect at all, but I do believe in planting seeds of service, and that you will reap a tremendous harvest. I do not expect my rewards or harvest to come from man; instead I wait on God’s blessings. Yes, there are moments I get frustrated, and I will stop writing or encouraging others for a brief moment. When the negative comments become overwhelming, I began to remember the positive messages and emails l that I have received explaining that the message was for me, and you have blessed me tremendously. Then I remember that a gentle service comes from the heart. That’s the theme, the rhythm of life, work, and love. When I sit down to write, it is very therapeutic for me. I can reflect on where I’ve been, and the direction I am headed. It allows me to take a break from therapy, research articles, writing scholastically, and take some time to reflect about a conversation, therapy session, or something from my personal life.
Therapist Corner: Commit to your growth, to loving yourself and following your heart. Commit to joy, passion, and gratitude for your life and all your lessons. Commit to honestly sharing and expressing who you are, what you feel, what you are going through. Sometimes you will never know the value of sharing your experiences may have on someone’s life. Learn to treasure all your experiences.
Don’t worry about what you will do to serve. Focus instead on loving yourself. Let your service come from that, acts that spring from desire, joy, and inspiration. Cherish your life. It’s a gift not just to yourself, but to others. Your part is to serve others by being yourself.
Service is your path. Let service spring gently, naturally, from who you are. Radiate your gifts to the world by loving and sharing yourself.