Tuesdays with Miss Pecson
My big brother was studying then at the Ateneo de Manila University. And, he encouraged me to go to counselling at CEFAM or Center for Familiy Ministries. He was with me when I showed up for my initial visit.
I recall that I was nervous. Probably, because I have seen too many movies about Counseling Sessions. Even filing out the information sheet was nerve wracking. I thought it was also an exam. I thought I should make sure that everything was neat and no mistakes.
Anyway, I met my counselor. She was friendly and told me there was nothing to worry about. It was calming and reassuring and strengthening.
Fast forward to 2023, I found out that what she implemented was a program of regaining back power or control to my own life.
I had to go to a Seminar which was Life Direction’s Seminar. A weekend retreat quite similar to a recollection retreat in a Catholic School. I met people who were going through some rough times so to speak and were searching a lighthouse to safely be anchored back to safe waters, until, setting for a new journey. Shifting gears as what it was called.
One session I was asked to color a sketchpad. And, I found out that I am intense and purposeful. An advantage and a strength. Another session I was instructed to make a collage of all my dreams and wishes in life.
In hindsight, most of my dreams did come true. The power of visualization. Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find. Hope in your future. Abundance of blessings.
I had to read books. An example would be, Sleeping with Bread. The book emphasizes being grateful every day. Orphans slept with bread as a security blanket. They are assured that they are loved. So, before sleeping we stop worrying and think about the day and pick which blessing we are most grateful for-- this is sleeping with bread.
Healing Love is another book which helps the reader grasp the troubled situation and finish the race as a victorious winner. It sheds light on traps about the way we think and shows us the way how to develop a much more ideal mindset.
In the end, Miss Pecson reminds us from Psalm 23:4 that:
The LORD is My Shepherd
…3He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name. 4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.…
Her last words were to find your own style. I found my own style. I have a positive self-talk, self-love, and minimal self-doubt. The confidence comes from Jesus. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
I read yesterday in a bookstore about the C.I.A. or Calling In Angels. If you are or a loved one or a friend needs an Angel, I recommend the Ateneo de Naga University Counselling Services. My new counselor is there to help you. To my chagrin, again, Miss Pecson passed away already. Rest assured that there is a confidentiality agreement as this process is regulated in utmost professionalism.
Even the whole family benefited from my healing processes. I would share to them the many lessons that I have learned from my late counselor. I definitely do not have a defeatist attitude. There was a point in my life that I became a Salesman for Smart Communications. Everyday I had to handle many rejections. I did not take them personally, because I knew that out of 100 rejections, I could make at least 10 sales or more. My thinking has been developed for success. The best is yet to come.
May you be inspired by The Holy Spirit and God bless!