Own It, Use It

PlayingCardWebIt hasn’t been a very good week for us here at GiTH. Dan is fighting against what may technically be called a slumlord. Clark is seeing the reality of a field that may not be all it’s cracked up to be. And this week I got the feedback that I still may not be where I need to be to succeed as a counselor.

Funny how crappy things come in threes.

But even here, at the darkest moments of 2014 (so far), its important to take stock of what we have, and what we can do going forward. I can’t speak for Dan or Clark, but I can say a whole bunch of cliches. Nothing worth having is easy. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Be the change you want to see in the world. Nothing is constant but death and taxes (and student loans).

Getting the picture?

I am beginning to face the full brunt of responsibilities I will have as a counselor. It’s scary, and I will have to face that fear to grow. But there’s something universal in that, I think. Everyone faces make-or-break moments in their lives. Problem is, in my work, I’ve seen it go both ways. I’ve seen people rise to challenges I couldn’t imagine. I’ve seen what happens to a person when they don’t. And the reality is, these make-or-break moments do break people. So now I have to go without a proverbial safety net, and trust in myself to not fall.

It’s a situation I’ve seen before, only now I’m on the other side of it. A bitter pill, and probably one I need to take to be competent.

So now I (and the other two at GiTH) have to rise to the challenge. I don’t know how yet, but I do know why. Because growing and overcoming challenges is what humans do. I think I’m looking forward to surprising myself as I puzzle this one out.

Stay tuned, you just might learn something.