I believe the essence of a happy and fulfilling life is to live a value based life. Values help you understand how you want to be in the world and these values will help to sustain and guide you in the challenges that we will all face in life. If I had to name just one value that I live my life by it would be making a difference with people I interact with.
This value has drawn me to the caring professions throughout my life. My journey began in my 20s when I volunteered for three years in the slums of Kolkata (Calcutta), India. During this time I truly learnt about the resilience of the human condition. I saw on a daily basis how a person's values can be a beacon of hope, helping them to endure some of life's most dire circumstances.
In my career as a Registered Nurse I have been privileged to be exposed to the challenges of the human condition through all the stages of life, from birth to the end of life. Although we all have our own unique life journey, in my nursing career I have learnt that we are all fellow travels in this life.
My life experiences have given me a rounded view of life and have equiped me with the genuine belief that we are all fellow travellers who need to feel safe, need to be listened to, need to be acknowledged and cared for. Counselling is the space where my life journey has taken me and it is a place that I can truly live by my values.
"We are as forlorn as children lost in the woods. When you stand in front of me, what do you know of my griefs that are in me and what do I know of yours"
Franz Kafka (1903)