Fredrickson Life Coaching & Counseling August 2009 Newsletter
"REIGNITING YOUR PASSIONS"
"Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion."
-Christian Friedrich Hebbel, German Dramatist & Poet, 1813-1863
You may have recently seen media coverage of citizens at town hall meetings
across the country standing up and passionately sharing their opinions
regarding the public healthcare debate. Some of the media has described this
recent phenomenon as, "America awakening from its apathy". This newsletter
is not politically motivated; rather, it speaks of a vital human emotion.
The emotion I am referring to is passion, and the importance it holds in
our lives and for our well-being.
The opposite of passion is apathy. Apathy is a lack of interest or
enthusiasm - a basic indifference to things of general importance.
Therefore, if one feels apathetic, you could say they have an "I don't
care about anything" outlook. Becoming apathetic is dangerous, as it
involves the gradual shutting down of one's will. It can feel like the soul
falling asleep at night and not waking up again. Apathy is putting on the
brakes of life.
When we become apathetic we lose our desire to initiate our enthusiasm and
to protect our own interests. Apathy also causes us to stop dreaming,
desiring and working toward things we want and desire for ourselves. What
makes apathy dangerous is that it can spread to many areas of our life, such
as work, school, relationships and our health.
As a counselor, I see apathy a lot. I see it in individuals who have been
unsuccessful in finding employment. I see it in young people whose parents
frequently criticize them instead of affirming their successes. I see it in
students whose teachers tell them they will never amount to anything or they
are stupid. These examples all illustrate how the consistent wounding of the
heart or ego can eventually lead to people feeling apathetic.
What does it matter?
Why should I even try?
No one really cares anyway.
I don't care about anything.
Recognizing the warning signs of apathy is crucial, as these examples of
internal dialogue can begin to slow you down and take away your motivation
If you have apathy, don't be discouraged... you can get your passion for
life back! Passion is turning on the accelerator. You can be the person
you used to be. There is hope and there is help - you don't have to do it
alone. Counseling can help you bring the fun and interest back into your
life again -- it can reignite your passions!
In order for the counseling process to work, please consider agreeing to
work on these essential requirements:
You would be open and willing to talk to a health care professional about
what brought you to this negative place;
You would be willing to accept professional feedback even if it is not
what you want to hear; and
You would be open to counseling for several sessions.
One of the great rewards of my job is when I "see the lights come on" for
my patients. Many times when people first come to see me, they feel like
life is a drag. In reality, they are depressed and apathetic. But time and
time again, I have seen counseling turn this view point around. Learning how
to care about our personal lives, families, communities and our life's work
is how God intended us to live.
How would you like to be "that person who is passionate about life"? See
how a trained health professional can help guide you back on the path toward
making you feel good about your life again. If you would like to find out
how to reignite your passions and enjoy your life to the fullest, please
contact me. Together, we can talk about how counseling or life coaching can