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Practice Building for Therapists http://bit.ly/qIONmd Casey Truffo CEO and Founder of Therapist Leadership Institute

Practice Building for Therapists: You Are the Lighthouse! Near a grouping of majestic seaside cliffs, a lighthouse stands tall and steadfast. Its light alerts ships of the rocky terrain ahead. It informs those who see its light of their current position in the darkness and guides them to safety. One day a wise seagull perched atop the lighthouse. She noticed a sense of fear and sadness and asked the lighthouse about his distress. "I'm afraid of the storms and the rain, the wind and the fog," the lighthouse said. "At night I'm engulfed in darkness, and during the day I'm surrounded by perilous cliffs and treacherous rocks." "I see the ships in the ocean tossing and turning in the churning waters of the stormy sea," the lighthouse lamented. "I see the cliffs and rocks veiled in the storms and fog, masked in the darkness of night. I fear for the safety of the ships. They face real hazards, true perilous danger, and I just sit here, beaming this light. I want to stop the storms. I want to clear the fog, to move the rocks and cliffs. I want to illuminate the darkness, but I can't even do that. I can't offer enough light to provide clear visibility. I can only beam. I feel I'm not doing enough and I'm angry at myself because I can't do more to help." The wise seagull answered, "You are a lighthouse. You cannot clear the weather or completely illuminate the darkness, and you cannot move rocks or cliffs. Lighthouses do not have these powers. You drastically underestimate the power of your light. You are a lighthouse! You stand in treacherous surroundings, in the midst of storms and darkness, beaming a guiding light; a signal of hope and safety." As the lighthouse contemplated the seagull's words, he realized his new friend spoke words of wisdom. Lighthouses are not built in safe places. They stand amidst chaos and danger, yet they are not consumed by these forces. They stand strong in darkness, fog, and storms, and while they do not fight against these forces, lighthouses provide a beam of light that allows others to navigate safely through chaos and storms. You are that lighthouse for those in your world. As you stand firm - sometimes on sandy or rocky ground - you allow others to navigate safely through the storms of their lives into the calmer waters ahead. I invite you to contemplate the story of the lighthouse. Is it easy for you to stay put and feel confident in the light of your wisdom?


Practice Building for Therapists http://bit.ly/qIONmd Casey Truffo CEO and Founder of Therapist Leadership Institute

Do you ever run into a crisis of faith as the lighthouse did? Do you sometimes find yourself questioning your value or purpose - as the lighthouse did? Do you have a good friend or trusted confident that gives you wise counsel as the seagull did? Remember you are the lighthouse ... a beacon of hope and healing that soothes our souls. Practice Building is a key focus for therapists. Casey Truffo, CEO and founder of the Therapist Leadership Institute hosts a yearly conference to help therapists market more effectively. Learn more at http://bit.ly/qIONmd.


17-You Are the Lighthouse