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Yesterday was a significant day for me.

I completed my first counseling session… as the counselor.

I got to be honest I enjoyed this much more than I anticipated I would. It felt great to be able to assist someone else in talking through their feelings. To be able to reaffirm them and the progress they are making in their life. I think I may like this even more than I could have imagined.

It felt good. Although a little weird. Being on the other side of the chair was different for me.

I was anxious, nervous and a little scared going into it. But as we began and the session went on the less nervous, anxious and scared I was. It flowed and I realized that I didn’t have to know all the right things to say at the beginning, I just had to listen and move the discussion where I felt it needed to go to assist them in processing their feelings.

I did know what to say. I did know how to lead the discussion. This shouldn’t surprise me, because I have been ‘counseling’ people for years as a pastor/minister. This is in a different context with rules that are little different, but the theory is the same. The mechanics are the same.

Wow. yesterday was a big day for me.

This journey is going to be a lot of fun.

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