Working as a health coach in a healthcare setting gives me a fascinating view of humans in a variety of stages of personal development and growth. My patients are either told by their doctor to come see
me or are simply shown a chart and asked what they want to work on.
There is no guarantee that the person who shows up at my door is actually ready or even willing to change anything in their life. I have said before that awareness is the first step toward change and I absolutely believe that to be
true, but like many things, awareness is a double-edged sword.
In my article above I discussed the bliss of ignorance and how sometimes I wish for the return of the bliss of that ignorance. As long as we don't know or are unaware of our issues, we can move through our lives
on automatic pilot wreaking havoc wherever we go and have no conscience about it.
The truth for many people is that much of the pain we experience in our lives and the challenges we face are self-created or at least made worse by our ignorant actions. That's the ignorance we encounter every day in
many of the people around us. With awareness comes responsibility. Knowing what I know, I feel obligated and determined to do something about it, to actually take steps toward change.
Even with the sometimes painful truths of awareness, most people I encounter say they are happier to know how they contributed to their problems and realize they would not be who they are today had they not experienced the
challenges they faced, whatever they might be.
The good news is that on the other side of awareness is the possibility of growth and the hope for attaining peace of mind. I think this comes with the action of accepting and loving ourselves as we are. It sometimes also requires
that we forgive ourselves for ignorant actions we took before we knew better.
I work with individuals who are interested in overcoming challenges to moving forward. Please click here:
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