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Archive for May, 2022

This Is Only a Chapter

Posted on: May 27th, 2022

Life has many ups and downs. Often, the difficult moments can eclipse our perspective and prevent us from viewing life from a full perspective. With a full perspective we understand that the difficult moments will pass no matter how long the chapter. My 15-year-old son said the past is history and tomorrow is a mystery so why worry about it.  I believe that is the perfect perspective for viewing life. As we go through life, understand like any good story there will be challenges, protagonists, antagonists and finally resolution. The difficult moments are just that moments in time that will not last forever. When you have times of peace and joy savior them. Be present in that moment and try not to worry about the past or the future.


Alicia Lurry MA LPC

Contributor: Andrew Lurry

The Adventure of the Unknown

Posted on: May 19th, 2022

Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” — Louis E. Boone

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.” — Unknown

I speak with many people in therapy that would on the surface appear to be very successful. They have respectful jobs. They earn a great living taking care of their families. They appear to be living the life they planned. Often, I have found there is a discontent because these individuals have dreams that have been deferred in order to pursue the safer and more predictable route. I am a firm believer that we continue to evolve in interests and goals as humans. We thrive with the opportunity to explore and create new memories. We all have an innate ability to have vision and to dream.

Fear of the unknown and fear of failure are dream thieves. The common theme for the frustration felt with people who are not living their dream is fear. It’s important to note that there are real responsibilities in life that make living ones dream difficult. Difficulty does not mean impossibility. I encourage the reader that if you are feeling frustrated with life ask yourself the following: Have I lost my dream? Have I lost my wonder and adventure? If your answer is yes, take time to rediscover that dream. Become curious about the unknown. Be willing to explore.

Regret of what could have been is a much worse circumstance than fear of the unknown.


Alicia Lurry MA LPC