Well, it is time for an update of where things have been. The blog has been strangely quiet since returning from the AACC National Conference. It is not personally what I expected or anticipated. As left feeling recharged, refreshed, and energized. On the Monday following the conference returned to work and work it was, as the it was the busiest morning for me at that job ever. My second job also was very busy. So jumped in full steam. By the middle of the week there was what was thought by me to be some allergy issues but ended up being a head cold that is even now still lingering. There are still all the thoughts and promptings that occurred and are being developed but rather than moving forward it seemed got stuck in mud.
What does that image mean, getting stuck in mud. Well the kind of being stuck in mud here pertain more to reaching a point in a path that is filled with mud and that progress is difficult. Here there was a sudden being overwhelmed upon return followed by an ongoing drain that made it difficult to progress. Some of that is the physical nature of things where there is an ongoing viral infection that slows down. Rather than ramping up and broadening all the steps that need to be done, it was more a time being slowed and in that time thoughts simmer and process. In other words it is meeting with resistance from what is beyond self, and resistance from within self pertaining to issues of fear, faith, and health. There is much work ahead, still much preparation to be laid, but time is getting to the point where some serious pursuits and work needs to be done. Let me review a little bit of what some of that entails.
1. Getting the framework set and established for making a push to market private practice and generate clients. There has not been a whole lot of push forward on that front since was hoping credentialing would go quicker and would be able to add the private practice office with little difficulty. Credentialing is in itself like moving through mud or pour molasses. Just a lot of patience needed and not much that can be done. Yet, there needs to be some networking that goes on with local churches that needs to begin and it starts with getting website up. Some of what I need done is at the help of others gracious enough to help with the things I do not have the knowledge of, and making sure my communication is clear. Once all I need help with is done then need to spend some time getting the base web content up. The other steps are getting the printing of letterhead and business cards done so can actually send material out promoting self. None of these things are enjoyable for me and come with resistance. These things need to be done.
2. There is a felt prompting to take the article:
, into a book that may use the newly forming POD publishing branch of AACC to publish. It is a task and process that is specific and work needs to be done to get started. My good friend Craig even challenged to consider signing up for NaNoWriMo as part of getting moving. The challenge did not feel right, but the fact is needed to get through own personal resistance and get started on the project whether or not it ends up something beyond my putting it together.
3. There is still the ongoing goal of writing more intentionally for the blog. Need to set and stick to some personal goals in all of this. And perhaps that is a good starting point, is sitting down and setting objectives to work through these resistance areas of life and to make progress. But I am well aware of need to be more intentional and consistent. I think for awhile the objective was writing everyday, and while did that for awhile it may have been more than appropriate, resulting in falling by the wayside when there is took much going on. This is especially true if spend time working on a “book project.” The other aspect is that really have felt led to have a separate blog focusing on Christianity and Mental Health that is overall different with a particular focus on those issues. It will serve in part as a way of marketing for private practice, as well as get some thoughts out there on what true sound Christian Mental Health theory and practice is.
So in writing this, it seems clear that in order to make moves through the resistance and mud need to have a few things happen. One for me is setting some established personal goals. And honestly that is difficult for me. The resistance to personal goal setting goes back to days at Chapel Hill Academy when faced a “self paced” educational system with a process of self-determining goals and meeting those goals. The final year of my time there, I loaded up a ton of detention for failing to follow through with goals as became tired of there whole way of doing things.
So what can you the readers do to help me? There are a couple things. Pray for God give me strength and encouragement to fight through my own areas of resistance. Some of the resistance is the externals such as waiting for credentialing and the recent health issues. The other is emotional resistance due to fears, work load, and the rest. In order for there to be any progress though, cannot sit and be passive. The temptation is to simply sit back, engage in the varied distractions, and move from one day to the next. Yet, doing such would result in a lack of productivity. So pray for me to grow through that area and meet what God desires. The other thing people can do is to give words of encouragement. If there is silence, drop me a line. If you see me, ask me how doing setting and making goals. And feel free to challenge and push me to give and meet varied goals. For I know one thing is clear, that it is easier to move through periods of resistance when there is either encouragement or even help.
Let me close this bit of personal musing with a question? How are you in your own lives and in moving toward that which God has prompted within you? Are you slowed down due to resistance? Have you stopped any progress? Have you gone silent? Even what are the resistance areas in your own life and what are they tied to?
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