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  • Writer's pictureChris L. Carver PhD. LPC

Finding the Courage to Be

We do not live a life for the faint-hearted. To live a full and good life, it requires a willingness to do the hard things. To live with pain and suffering, and to construct a life of meaning in spite of the challenges we all face. I will not lie to you, dear reader. We all face challenges that we feel we may not be able to overcome. This is true of clients, as well as those of us who aim to assist our clients through tough times. This process of growth and creation requires us to move past our comfort zones, to face the challenges that life presents us with, and to become more of our better selves. In future blogs I will talk more about that from my viewpoint, but this seems like a good start to this blogging journey for me.

The motto of Courage to Be counseling is to “live the good life”. That is easy to say, but so much harder to accomplish. What does living the good life entail? According to Carl Rogers, a highly influential thinker and teacher of counseling: “This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-hearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life.”

This is a highly impactful quote to me. So much so that it is the foundation of my work and the inspiration for the name of my practice.

If I am honest, this blog is a growing edge for me (therapists have those too). To put my writing out there for you to read is one of the ways that I am attempting to launch myself fully into the stream of life. We all have ways we can challenge ourselves to learn and grow. My hope is that you and I will rise to those challenges and find the courage to be, and in process live the good life.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you think I may be able to help you on your journey, and good luck on your own unique path!


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