by Cheryl Williams
Often times our lenses are tainted based on our experiences, our failures, our short comings or perceived short comings, the way others see us and the way we see ourselves. It does not matter what has happened in our past or even what is happening now. We can overcome and we can be the best that we can be. The hurt, the pain and tragedies that we may have experienced do not have to limit our vision or dictate what we can and cannot achieve. We can use those experiences by allowing them to reshape us. Those experiences can cause us to see things from a different perspective. We must see ourselves as victorious, rising above our situations and circumstances. We must not allow our current pain or the pain of yesterday to stunt our growth and keep us from moving forward. If on yesterday you found yourself in a place of negativity or whatever the undesired outcome may have been, see yourself doing the opposite today. See yourself replacing those negative habits with positive habits. Believe that you can do it and began to take the steps to do so. It is time to refocus. It starts with us. Once we began to change any self-defeating or negative thought patterns, we can began to see clearer than we did before and our vision begins to expand. We all have our moments and it is okay to allow ourselves to take inventory, to reflect, to re-examine and to cry if we have to. But we must learn to encourage ourselves, whether it is stating positive affirmations, making positive confessions, even going for a walk or engaging in a social acvity with friends, we must not lose our focus. It is time to allow ourselves to stretch and to see farther than we have ever seen and to dream bigger than we have ever dreamed. See yourself doing those things that you never thought that you could do. See yourself achieving those things that you never thought that you could achieve. Pause and celebrate yourself even now. Just think about one thing that you have already achieved in life and clap for yourself. We all have something to contribute in life. Let’s take time to celebrate the small steps and take one day at a time. Surround yourself with likeminded people, people who have dreams and vision and with people who maintain a positive attitude. This will strengthen you, empower you, and motivate you. As you began to see from this new perspective and walk out your vision you will be a source of encouragent for others. You will inspire and encourage them to see beyond, to dream and to walk out their vision. What you see and how you respond will impact others.
Let’s encourage each other to be the best that we can be. When we fall short or miss the mark let’s forgive ourselves, lets forgive our family and friends if/when they fall and let’s help them to get up and keep moving forward.
What do I see? I see men and women, of cultures and from various backgrounds, reading this who are destined to make a difference in somebody’s life and in this world. I see men and women who are soaring and rising to new heights. I see men and women being a light in dark places. I see men and women unifying and turning from those things that have hindered them. I see men and women moving in a new direction. I see men and women who are confident. I see men and women who know who they are. I see men and women becoming healthy and whole. I see YOU…and…I see ME.
Cheryl Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Addiction Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor. Cheryl has served in the helping profession for over 20 years. She is currently Community Services Coordinator for a Behavioral Health Organization and currently oversees multiple programs while training Counselors and Program Directors to be the best that they can be in their perspective roles. Cheryl has worked extensively with youthful offenders, as well as teens and adults facing substance abuse and mental health issues. Cheryl’s vision is to see leaders and individuals, regardless of what they are going through to reach heights unknown and to empower them to overcome obstacles, see their potential and operate in it to the fullest. Cheryl has a heart for the broken, the rejected and those who may have been counted out by man but not by God. She believes that it is important to create an atmosphere that fosters trust, compassion and love while promoting strategies that will allow individuals to take the limits off, build courage, and live a wholesome life.
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