I built my Facebook account in January 2006. In the “About Me” section, I put “I love to hear people’s stories.” This has never changed. The concept of “Story” has followed me throughout my education, life and career thus far. It has changed
meaning over the years, but has only grown in the depth of my understanding. As I sat down one evening to dream of a one day private practice name, the word “Stories” just kept coming to my head. It’s meaning conveys so much. What would I want to tell my client’s about my practice? Why stories? Then the word “hope” popped into my head. It was perfect. Stories of Hope Counseling.
I start at the personal level. You have a story. Some chapters of your story are joyful. You think on these memories fondly. Other chapters can be remembered with pain. It is during these times that we may begin to experience stress and discomfort.
Zooming out, our family has a story. This can effect people in may ways. Some people look at their family history and grow strength by those that have come before them. Some people learn how to grow on their foundation. Some learn that they need to build better foundations elsewhere.
Even further out, we have our community. This can take many forms. It can be your street, neighborhood, city or town. This can be your church or other supportive environment such as NA/AA, city politics, high school or college. The story in our community effects us. It defines us. It shows us who we are and grounds us. It shows us where we can go through the people that have been there before.
We keep zooming out to the state, region, country and eventually the world. As we become more and more aware of what’s going on outside our story, we can become frustrated and hopeless. I have met many people that worry about their kids growing up “in this world today.” This concern is justified. We are more aware of the larger story we play.
All of these layers add to our story. Our stories are precious and important. They are powerful. Stories have the power to move people. They have the power to define people and they have the power to change people. Stories have the power to change hearts and minds. They define us. But stories change. The facts of events of our histories can never change. However, our view and response can change. Through this we begin to experience hope.
If you remember your journey and find painful places…places that you would rather erase…places that have led to wounds and hopelessness, it is our hope that you would be willing to look at that story and the meaning you have created. We hope that you make the decision to begin the process toward restoring hope. If you feel like Stories of Hope Counseling and Consulting is a place where you would like to start healing, please schedule an intake today.
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