“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!” --- Søren Kierkegaard
You may be seeking counseling from a place of despair and hopelessness, I understand that. But I love this quote, as it creates a sense of excitement, of wonder, of hope. My hope is that counseling can be a place where you begin to see a future that is different. The beginning can be difficult and part of my responsibility is to help you see the possibility, the potential.
purpose and meaning
"'Everything is meaningless,' says the Teacher, 'completely meaningless!'" Ecclesiastes 1:2 (NLT)
“I beg you to believe that life is not a process, it's a drama.” ― Malcolm Muggeridge
"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die." Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a (NLT)
You may have asked the following questions: "Where did I come from? Why am I here? and Where am I going?" or "What now?" Most people ask these questions, hopefully sooner rather than later, as they have immense consequences to how we live our lives and what type of legacy we leave. Some call it an "existential crisis" when someone is struggling with these and other major life questions. They are life and death questions that get at what it means to be fully human. Many distractions and the seemingly endless pleasures of life can delay the seeking for a season in our life, but even in looking back, they are questions that will be answered by the way we lived. And yet, maybe your are asking these questions now and uncertainty, doubt, and lack of clarity exist. This may impact you intellectually, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. What if my life has no meaning? What does a life of purpose and fulfillment look like? I know I am going to die, but I don't know what that means? To focus on these issues can be difficult and yet immensely important and invigorating at the same time.
“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” --- Søren Kierkegaard
Life is not determined and uncertainty exists. Overwhelming thoughts and feelings may follow, which some call anxiety. Anxiety can take on many forms, including specific fears/phobias, obsessions and compulsions where control and lack of control battle, social anxiety, fear of close relationships, trauma, fear of death, and more. An individual may seek counseling for these issues or just because they know something doesn't feel right and the intensity is overwhelming at times. Suffering with anxiety is difficult and counseling can help you gain insight to move through and establish a different relationship with the thoughts and feelings.