February 9, 2014
Brenda Baker, Instructor
This life narrative reflection was an interesting assignment that help me define what my values and beliefs measure in my life. What proved to be easy was the “free week” because most individuals (such as myself) have an vacation spot imagined and planned just in case the opportunity present itself. The most difficult, was to see myself as a counselor that cannot affiliate my faith with my duties as a counselor. What I am most passionate about I cannot share with others.
A value can be best defined as a belief, a mission, or a philosophy that is meaningful. Whether we are consciously aware of them or not, every individual has a core set of personal values. Values can range from the commonplace, such as the belief in hard work and punctuality, to the more psychological, such as self-reliance, concern for others, and harmony of purpose. However, when personal values are discussed it is mostly defined on key values that pertains to myself and not others.
As I begin to think about the funeral, the free week, and change the most important part that captured my attention was that every answer that I explored was centered on my faith. At the funeral, I was thinking how everyone would say that I was a great example of a “Christian” and describe how I was willing to do anything for anybody. I imagined all these nice things people would say, but also I thought about if they would really say these things because they were accurate or because it was the right thing to say at a funeral. It was interesting that all my answers and thoughts revolved around my faith and what I was taught as a child. The fact that my faith has shaped my values, my beliefs, my character, my thoughts, feelings, and emotions tell me you are what you learn and what has been instilled inside of you. You are what you feel, think, and believe. My main and only prior in my life is pleasing and following Christ. This may affect my style of counseling because I will have a difficult time trying not to force my faith on individuals. I fear that this will be one of the most challenging issue in my counseling career.
What proved to be easy was the main change that I would want for me and others. That is that we draw and develop a constant personal relationship with Christ. Christ will be the only dictator of our life and help us discover the