My Mountain; Your Mountain

My mountain; Your Mountain- An emotional perspective

My oldest son and his wife called me today with a book idea, (like I don’t already have enough) and told me what it should be about; basically, a self-help book. There are about a zillion self-help books out there written by some of the greats, and not so greats in the industry. So why me? The short answer, why not me? I have faced many battles in my sixty-four years and gained an amount of wisdom and experience along the way. So, to be a little different, and perhaps stand out from the others, My Mountain; Your Mountain is not a self-help book, but more of a self-awareness guide, and try to separate the truth from fiction of the conquests and the challenges we all share. Things happen in our lives every day; both negative, positive, and everything in between. The trick is how to savor the positive, and face the challenges, plus confront those things in between.

I hope to provide thoughts and suggestions for living an everyday life filled with joy and face obstacles head-on with clear direction.

I had a counseling practice for many years. My facility was a state-licensed drug and alcohol outpatient program for adolescents and adults. To be completely transparent, while in training, I did not receive full licensure as a counselor, but instead remained an intern. During my early training, I volunteered at an adolescent psych hospital as an intern and was a witness to the faces of sadness and despair up close and personal. Those kids suffered mental health issues I wouldn’t want to put on my worst enemy, and for many of them, their mountains were monsters.

The requirements to become a licensed counselor was to complete the education requirements; I did. Two-hundred fifty hours of supervised training; I did. The biggie was four thousand work hours. I logged in over twenty thousand. I attended several workshops and seminars for additional credit and experience. I did all those things a licensed counselor could do under the direct supervision of a Qualified Credentialed Professional, such as individual and group counseling. So, the moral of the story is that I picked up a thing or two along the way. My counseling approach was direct, but always aware of my client’s feelings and ego. In short, I was skilled at what I did and proud of the impact I made. It was sort of an oxymoron; I owned the facility but was the least credentialed on my staff. Part of my decision was because I had an ailing mother and needed to serve as the facility’s chief administrator.

Presently, I am a published author, writer, and entrepreneur. I’m a public speaker and have been a guest of several radio talk-shows. Much of my time has been devoted to suicide awareness and prevention.

My focus is not for those who suffer from a serious mental disorder, but those who want a clearer understanding of how to handle obstacles along their journey through life.

We’ve all seen and read the cute “memes” and “sayings” that make us smile, then get a bit of a surge. But how long does that feeling last? What actions are you willing to take to improve your plight in life? Many have heard inspirational speeches, attended rallies and seminars that pumped them up, afterward wanting to conquer the world! But many times, within a few hours and days, the excitement fizzled. Why? Then there were others who took the information in, something clicked, then went out into the world and achieved great things. Why?

The title of the book may need a little explaining. Some will look at Mount Everest, and think, “it is so high, I’ll never make it”, while others will say, “let’s get working and get to the top!” To the first crowd, their mountain is an obstacle; the second, an opportunity. It’s the same mountain, just viewed from a different perspective.

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