From Your CRIT Counselor: Acknowledge Your Strengths

“Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need.” – Lilli Vaihere 

This quote speaks about our past, our future, and our present. What caught my attention was “Within you, all you need.” We cannot change what happened yesterday. We can plan for tomorrow but truly do not know what will happen. What is real is this moment. What you need today, right now, to live your life is within you. You have what it takes to live, not just to exist. 

We know that life is not easy. It resembles a roller coaster ride with its ups and downs and a few spins along the way. We have moments of joy and laughter and others of sheer terror and pain. 

The qualities and characteristics you possess to live a better life were developed through your past experiences and will help you achieve your dreams and face your future. Each day gives us the opportunity to utilize our qualities and improve others. Yes, we acknowledge we have areas for improvement. For today, let’s focus on our strengths and qualities such as resilience, perseverance, dedication, and adaptability. Negative self-talk does not improve our situation or self-esteem. 

I encourage you to reflect, identify and acknowledge the strengths that are within you. Those strengths will help you through the roller coaster of life. Celebrate your memories, your dreams, and the people who love you. Most importantly, celebrate yourself.