I would like to share with you a little bit about what motivates me to want to be a counselor. One of my greatest influences has been the author Eckhart Tolle. What I have learned from his writings, and I have done my best to integrate it into my life and share it with the people with whom I work, is to be present, to spend most of my time enjoying the present moment.
In the past, I was someone who would spend a significant amount of energy living in regret and worrying about the future. What I have learned to do more consistently over time is to primarily enjoy being here and now, to appreciate life around me and the people I interact with, whoever that happens to be, based on situation and choice.
Also, I have learned to deal differently with the future by learning to plan well and asking, “Are my thoughts useful for me or am I spinning? Am I cycling around in a way that is just causing stress.”
The same thing with the past: when I look back at the past, are there things I can learn from instead of beating myself up for things I said and did? Can I learn from the past and evolve?