I would like to recommend a few books for you to read because they changed my life for the better and I know that they helped me when I needed it the most. They may also resonate with you if you feel like it is time to start or continue counseling. These are books I know well and I would be happy to discuss them with you in our work together.
This is where I first began reading about how to lead a better life, and at 17-years-old this book completely captured my attention. Marcus Aurelius was a Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor who wrote succinct philosophical reflections on how to lead a life in harmony with his own principles and with those around him.
Of all the classical texts, this may be the only example of a work that was never meant to be published as it was written as a private journal. Stoic philosophy is the often unacknowledged source of our most well researched counseling treatment known as Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Consider while reading: “What is in my control and what is not in my control?”, “Can I withstand this discomfort without compromising my principles?", “How can I be the best example of how to act when faced with other’s poor actions?”
Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor Frankl survived the Holocaust and learned that the way in which a person lives their life makes all the difference in their ability to withstand suffering, even extreme suffering.
Consider while reading: “How do I act when I am suffering?”, “What do I find most engaging: time in nature, quality relationships with loved ones, or artistic expression?”
Homer, Translated by Emily Wilson
The Odyssey is a Greek classic and the story of Odysseus’ journey home after going away to war in Troy. Odysseus encounters every sort of barrier on his journey home and he often has a clever and fortunate way of making it through. Odysseus eventually returns home, though not in the way that he expected, and is unrecognizable--especially to those who never accepted the call to adventure and returned home again.
Odysseus is one man that takes many forms on his journey home. I would like to offer one primary question to reflect on that also takes many forms. Consider while reading: “Where am I in my own journey?”
Have I not yet left home to seek adventure?
Have I accomplished something great, and yet it feels like it is not enough?
Am I lost at sea with only a vague idea of which direction is correct?
Do I spend my time in activity that is temporarily satisfying and takes me away from my true interests?
Have I found what I am aiming for but struggling to take the leap into decisive action?