Soap Box - Introductions

Everyone has a story to tell. I believe that everyone’s story is worth listening to. I’m a counselor now, and if you think about, that’s all a counselor is; someone who listens to other people’s stories. We try to change the ending where we can, make it a happier one, but at the end of day we are listeners. And maybe it is because I listen as much as I do that I have begun to see things, things that have touched me deeply. I’m not just referring to my clients, either. Once you learn how to listen you’ll find the whole world has something to say.

It is because of this that we, myself and my two dear friends Clark and Dan, are starting this blog. I think it’s finally time to tell my story. Which leads me (in one of the most long-winded ways possible) to my point.

We live in amazing times. Technology is influencing society all the way down to how we think. Communication has never been easier, but Dialogue has never been harder. The easier it is to say things to one another, the harder it is to find the courage to say what matters. It is the information age, and we are drowning in it.

Maybe it’s because of this, but we as a generation stand accused. We stand accused being lazy. We stand accused of promiscuity. Perhaps most damningly, we stand accused of “not getting a job.”

Over the course of this blog I hope to address, and refute, each of these charges. I will not do this to point a finger at my accusers (there are far too many people in this world who spend their lives miserable and cursing their parents). Instead, I do this so that we can begin to understand the problem, and in doing so, begin to heal.

You may not be buying it just yet. I get it. I really do. I know how people work; I’ve sold my soul to student loans for the skill. Why should you care what three Montana nobodies have to say? There are a thousand blogs like this one, and beyond that hundreds of thousands of people with stories entirely similar to ours. After all, time is so valuable, and life is so short. If you’re not wondering what makes us worth your time, you should be.

Here’s my pitch; we may not be the first to say what we’re going to say, sure. We certainly won’t be the last. But there is a lot to be said for starting a dialogue. And that is my hope. That we can start a dialogue. That we can walk together for a time. That you can learn from me and I can learn from you, and together we can bring this big, ambiguous thing into the light and be better for the experience.

My name is Austin Logan. I am a graduate student in Counseling at Gonzaga University, and I want you to listen to my story.