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I was watching a tv show in which someone was encouraged with the words "You Matter". These 2 simple words are powerful and carry a sentiment that needs to be received with the highest sense of urgency. When you know that you matter you understand that your life is IMPORTANT----your EXISTENCE is crucial! You matter enough to have, do and be better. Once you recognize your significance in this world you refuse to allow anything-----mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually---to come against your "mattering"!
Introspection is essential in the process of change. Taking inventory of your thoughts, feelings, motives, behaviors and dispositions will help you learn who you are. Knowing that you think, feel or behave a certain way is the beginning of understanding why you think, feel, or behave in that way. Questions to ask include:
What emotions do I have most often?
How do I display those emotions?
What are my thoughts towards myself?
What are my thoughts about others around me?
How do I make others feel when they are around me?
Am I constantly at odds with those around me?
Answering these self-exploratory questions will help you identify those areas that may be problematic. Identifying problematic areas in your life will open the door to begin the process of change---it starts with YOU.
Naquisha Howard-Stubbs, MA, LPC
I am a a Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in helping individuals live emotionally, mentally and spiritually fulfilling lives.