This poem/’call to arms’, is written for a former work colleague.
I promised to hold a conversation with.
The aim of the conversation – to ignite their fire.
The intention also is to inspire another,
Staying at the office all hours just to make sure that all tasks for everyone else are done.
Seemingly making your tomorrow’s better.
Has that ever worked?
That life that you said you wanted is waiting.
Withering yet waiting.
The dream of supporting others with therapy, dance, massage, hypnotherapy, aqua yoga, pilates, debating, aromatherapy, law, osteopathy, teaching, climbing, acting, martial arts, physical and mental health training – are drumming fingers on tables and waiting.
There is the you
Doing the justifying thing.
That “this job?”
“This thing is enough.”
But is it.…
What would it mean to stop?
To re-plan, re-think, replay your path to the role you always wanted?
Those long hours of training.
The exams, the tests, the reviews, the study hours, the midnight vigils, the all-nighters and support given and taken were for you to grow.
Pushing papers, filing, scheduling may be the new fulfillment.
But if it’s not,
When you spoke to your friends you shared the vision of what you would be doing to help and to support change in other people’s worlds.
The light came on in your eyes.
The internal smile that you offered as a signal was undeniably present as you chatted.
Their eyes shone…
Bringing, offering, sharing healing you recognise is reciprocal like a circle.
It is not your cause or reason but a guide, an internal call.
Once, you answered whilst training and learning and now – the line – dormant and dusty is rarely picked.
Those moments whilst fleeting
When a friend, a colleague or family member excites
Your learning and you recall points on charts that support growth – return screaming,
Almost shouting “How could you have forgotten us?”
“Not used your knowledge more and helped others along their way with growth?!”
Glowing partly through gleefully earned pride you shudder at the response and begin re-asserting the mantle you have been carrying of…
‘Not quite ready enough,’
‘Not quite good enough,’
‘The time is not right, ‘
‘The world is not ready.’
If another were to say that rubbish about themselves
Your will to see them right themselves and their situation
Would not allow you to hold back or permit them lie to themselves any longer.
Take what steps are necessary!
Read what books are helpful.
Watch what films excite and invite action
Listen to the music and songs that pull
Speak to those that encourage and inspire.
Seek out mentors and those that you can support.
Here – to inspiration – the path lies.
Pinpoint the re-entry rediscovery moment and with no holds barred LAUNCH
Break the yoke
Break the cycle
Nothing, can get in your way apart from excuses and you.
What are you waiting for?
The thing that you seek lies on the other side of fear.
A pdf version of this manifesto is available at www.michaelforfiehcounselling.com under Contact
To your success