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A Mental Health Moment

Change your mind, Change your LIFE!

By Bernadette Joy Graham, MA, LPC, NCC, Licensed Mental Health Therapist
The Truth Contributor

     Have you ever been or felt lost?  It can be a scary and an uncomfortable feeling.  Not knowing where you are or where you are going.  Many of us now have the capability to utilize a GPS to get directions to a place we want to go when traveling.  We are okay with moving around when we are familiar with our surroundings as we have memorized how to get from place to place.  What happens when say you have a doctorís appointment and the address is one in which you are unfamiliar?  We ask for directions. 



Bernadette Joy Graham,

     In life, we are guided in our younger years by our parents or guardians.  They take us to school, to appointments or to the store.  As we grow older, we learn how to walk, ride our bikes or even catch a bus to where we need to go if not too far away from home. 

     As we grow into adults, our responsibilities grow and we begin to have to make choices and that can bring us to unfamiliar territory not just in surroundings but how we think and feel.  It can also become uncomfortable because we have to make some changes.  Change is inevitable.  Some find it exciting and others find it sometimes impossible.  Our journey in life includes a destination.  We all have a purpose in life.  All of us not just some of us. 

        We can either make life happen or life is just going to happen but when we allow it to just happen, we have no sense of direction and no control over what happens.  Courage is said to be the key to life itself.  It takes courage to choose a destination then take the necessary steps on our journey to get there.  We donít always know how we will get somewhere but as long as we know where we would like to go, we have many options on how.

     Envision your life as a big beautiful ship that can do and go anywhere but no captain to navigate the journey.  If we just float around and meander through life, we will either run out of fuel or get tired of going nowhere.  I often hear from clientís that they hate their jobs, they are unhappy with their life but often afraid to pursue what really makes them happy.  They are afraid of change.  The solution is to change how you feel and how you think.  If you think negatively you will feel negative.  If you think positively you will feel positive.  Many talents are wasted by fear of change and will rob you of your purpose in life.  Whatever it is you want in life is going to cost you in either dollars or time.  Both are very precious things to us. 

     Take a mental health moment and ask yourself what is my purpose?  What changes do I need to make to take back control of my ship? The GPS lies within.   Iím not saying itís going to be easy but it will definitely be worth it.  The waters will be rough at times and you will want to turn back or give up.  Grow through it, just donít go through it because when you come out of the storm a great and wonderful destiny awaits you.           

 Bernadette Graham is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. She is in private practice serving as a mental health counselor and available for presentations and speaking engagements on mental health topics.  For appointments or to provide feedback you may contact her at graham.bernadette@gmail.com or 419.409.4929. 



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Revised: 11/07/19 10:34:19 -0500.

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