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 My son is home from college and I think the best part of having him home is listening to him and watching the man that he’s becoming.  The process of “becoming”, as you can probably guess, is very interesting to me.  It’s a life-long journey, this “becoming business”, as human beings are constantly evolving and changing by adapting to our environment and other life circumstances.  Anais Nim said that “life is a process of becoming.  A combination of states we have to go through.  Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it.  This is a kind of death”.  Staying the same is not optimal, and although change is hard, Steve Harvey said that “a person has to remember that the road to success is always under construction.  You have to get that through your head.  That it is not easy becoming successful”.  Many of my clients wish to re-invent themselves – they use the counseling space to work on changing thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  They explore self-awareness through centering, and witnessing thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental space.  Before starting counseling, they couldn’t imagine living the way they were for another year, so it wasn’t a could they change or when they would do it, but how and where to start.  A percentage of my clients work for a company, so they can relate to the idea of creating a personal mission statement.  Mission statements provide direction and explain an organization’s reason for being.  A personal mission statement, according to Steven Covey, “connects with your own unique purpose and the profound satisfaction that comes from fulfilling it”.  An example of identifying core values and beliefs, one of my clients is striving to “be a man of integrity and honor”.  Another wants to “live life with honesty, with compassion for all, including myself”.  The process of becoming is a series of baby steps – you don’t always need to know where the entire trail will take you, you just have to be sure of the direction you’re going in.  Overcome what is blocking you and be willing to go deeper.  Doing this means facing those parts of you that perhaps you do not feel proud of.  However, it is through loving and accepting these parts that they can then be healed.  There is profound bravery in becoming, and I wish you courage.  And remember, I offer a safe space to work together in resolving personal issues.