Inspirational quotes can be found everywhere. As therapists we run across them all the time in books and at trainings. This week Imagine Hope is sharing some of our favorites with the hope that it will inspire you! We will share quotes that have hit us hard and have made us think, and share the lessons behind them. Send us some of your favorites. We'd love to add to our collection! "A human being's first responsibility is to shake hands with himself. " Henry Winkler
I LOVE this quote. It is powerful in that it reminds us to be our own friend, get to know ourselves, and treat ourselves with respect. So many times I meet with clients and ask them "Who are you? Paint the picture of who you are for me." You would be amazed at how many look at me blank faced without an answer. We spend so much time desiring relationships with others- but what about having a relationship with yourself. We talk kinder to others more than ourselves. We give others more allowances for mistakes than we give ourselves. Why are we SO hard on ourselves? I think that accepting your own humanness is a powerful part in the process of shaking hands with yourself. I remind clients often that "YOU have been the most consistent and dependable human in your life. You should be your own best friend!"
I encourage you to spend some time thinking about "shaking hands" with yourself. It is an amazing journey to truly get to know and develop who you are! You might find something new about yourself!
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.