Today I had the opportunity to speak with a crazy talented group of people about Motivational Interviewing. I utilize this counseling tool in just about every facet of my life. I am constantly drawn back to the primary purpose of initiating change by letting people be the author of their own story. To me there is a great camaraderie and authenticity in empowering a person to initiate change in their lives.
As I prepared for today’s meeting, I reviewed my notes from the classes that I took at the Iliff School of Theology. It took me back to a time for which I am very grateful. I remembered teachers and fellow students that made a large impact on my life. I gave great joy for the many lessons that I learned while I attended school.
It was also great to be in front of a group of people teaching the basics of how to engage people where they are and in the middle of where they are. I enjoyed sharing this very special part of what I do with a group that was eager to learn and grow. I basically just had to show up and serve as a moderator. The participants took care of the rest.
I am so grateful that I have the memories of Iliff to recall times of struggle and learning. I love the wisdom that I gleaned from amazing people anxious to tell their stories. There is something that is awesome when we gather together and learn from each other. I can’t explain the energy; it is simply overpowering. We utilize our own narratives to illuminate one another on our strength and hope. May we continue to grow as we journey forward.