Parallels Between Global and Personal Changes

Posted by: Maritza Rodriguez on March 20, 2012 2:10 pm

There seems to be a constant theme in our modern society: transition. All around us there is change. Globally, the world is changing. Often it feels that it is changing faster than most of us can keep up. World politics and economics have especially reinforced these changes in the last few years.

Generationally speaking, there are also gross variations in attitudes and expectations. For instance, younger workers do not automatically accept societal norms such as hard work, long hours and accepting conditions without question.

This global movement has, in turn, amplified transition on a personal level. Examples include how the economic hardships have changed the habits of many families, including but not limited to budgeting and savings. For many individuals it has meant having to change jobs and even train for new occupations.

There appears to be a collision of “the way it has always been” and a new paradigm. As a result, many of us have started to question our own values. How do I really want to spend my time? How much time do I want to spend working, playing and with family and/or friends? What is a good balance for me? What are my passions and interests? How important are material items? How important is adventure?

Times of transition are filled with questions, introspection and analysis. At times, it can be associated with stress and anxiety as we sort through our mental and emotional inventories. It is often helpful and highly beneficial to seek the assistance of a counselor. The counselor will provide objective feedback, assist you to delve into your psyche and identify your personal truths. Additionally, the counselor will also provide you with the appropriate skills to get through this time with the intention of growth and discovery. This is a journey you do not have to go alone.

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