This year marks the 150th anniversary of the national holiday of thanksgiving. Everyone knows it hearkens back to the pilgrims and Native Americans, but it wasn’t officially deemed a holiday until President Lincoln enacted it at a time when many had little to be thankful for. Lincoln called for this public day of thanksgiving when the civil war was in full swing and wouldn’t end for another year and a half. It was actually brought to the public by Lincoln after the exhausting and tragic victory over the south at Gettysburg. Psychologically, it was a brilliant move on Lincoln’s part. You see, at that moment the country was at risk of sinking into total demoralization and discouragement. Our young country was in the fight of its life. It was at that moment when pausing to give thanks was the most counterintuitive, but the most necessary to survival. The most important battle to be won is for the heart and soul. It provides the strength and power to face adversity and overcome it. This is what thanksgiving does for us! Continue
Still round the corner
there may wait,
A new road or a secret gate.
To say that “Life is a journey” is an accurate statement. Oftentimes that journey takes us to unexpected places. Sometimes we end up lost, confused, stuck, or hurt along the way. When our life takes a turn (expected or unexpected) we have to adjust. Some adjustments are easier than others, and can be navigated on our own. Other times we need support and guidance along the way to fight against discouragement, hopelessness and fear.
Patrick Ward PhD is someone who can work alongside you on your journey. He has experience and extensive training that can help you navigate through difficult places. Then, having achieved success, you can continue on with a renewed hope and a sense of adventure.