I have a strong personality. When I was a school administrator, my hard side would come out as I held others accountable for set policies and standards. Parents, students, and staff did not always receive me well when my task was to confront or correct behaviors. I did not always like my role either.
As a counselor and life coach, I find myself much more at ease. People come to me for guidance, so I relax and become a softer version of myself. I like being asked for my help and advice. Who doesn’t?
I find the people who seek counseling or life coaching are looking for answers. This shows they are already wise. I love this verse from the Bible paraphrased in The Message (MSG).
Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it. ~Proverbs 9:9
Today’s ABC’s include encouragement to seek wisdom and keep moving forward:
W – Want Wisdom
“You are a fool.”
No one wants to hear those four words. The statement is like a slap in the face. It is easy to be a fool at any age; just reject wisdom and correction. Believe you know everything about everything and no one can offer you a single bit of guidance. But, foolishness is curable.
Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed. ~Proverbs 15:22 The Message (MSG)
X – eXercise
I have a love affair with sidewalks.
When I lived in Afghanistan and sidewalks were not to be found, I realized my obsession. Being a lifetime walker, I was spoiled by paved paths.
When clients come to me for depression treatment or for goals to develop a healthy lifestyle, I quickly coach them to get moving. The body needs exercise as well as the brain to function well.
Check out this brief, practical article about exercise benefits by Mayo clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389
Y – Yearning for Yesterday
Can anyone drive a vehicle effectively looking only in the rear view mirror? No.
I encourage reflection and learning from mistakes, however, I recommend a forward focus, not backward. Use personal history to propel into the future with wisdom and insight. Too much time spent reminiscing about the past makes it impossible to appreciate what is happening now.
One more wisdom verse to end today: Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life; mock life and life will mock you. ~Proverbs 9: 12 The Message (MSG)
Next, the Z finale!