Colleen Callister, MA, LPC
I’ve learned two big lessons in life that have helped me re-chart my course: the past does not have to dictate your future, and the path you dreamed of taking may not be the one God allows you to take. It took me a long time to come to that understanding, and in-between the colon and that last period there were a lot of tears shed working it all out.
Everyone has something, or someone, in their past that keeps them up at night. I spent a long time running from my past, and maybe you have, too. I want you to know that no matter how inescapable or crushing it may feel at times, you don’t have to be trapped in that prison forever.
“Never be a prisoner of your past.
It was just a lesson,
not a life sentence.”
Your Considered Path To Happiness
We all have dreams, and because few of us plan properly to achieve them, we end up going someplace, but not toward achieving our dreams. I believe our Creator knows what He wants for each of us, and I believe He knows what choices we’ll make and where we’ll end up. I also believe He gives us options to pick from that will eventually lead us where He desires for us to be. Isn’t it a sad note that we typically choose the long and deeply painful route to get there?
I have concluded that quite often there are lessons we must learn in order to be properly groomed for the ultimate task He has for each of us. I could tell you all about my plans as a young woman, and the lengthy detours I’ve taken to get to this point in my life, but suffice it to say I didn’t plan as well as I might have to achieve my dreams, and I allowed myself to be a captive of my past.
Many of the goals I set for myself I’ve not yet realized, and I may not ever. However, I have achieved many others, and I look forward to taking hold of what God places before me. Whatever it is I’m sure it will exceed my own expectations. I have achieved a certain peace in life. I’m a self-confessed work in progress, as we all are. It has had such a liberating effect on me and I want to share that with you.
Here’s what I would like for you . . .
I want you to know that you need not stay shackled in a prison of fear, depression, anxiety, anger, resentment, or unforgiveness. You can take any negative in life and create a transition point from it. You can build resilience, overcome barriers, and make different choices, transforming your life into what you want it to be. You can be free to be yourself.
I can help you take steps and move forward on your journey now. You need not waste years of your life trying to figure it out on your own. I’d be happy to come with you on your journey and help you as you become . . . well, call me, Colleen Callister, and let’s figure that out together!
Licensed Professional Counselor
Masters of Art in Professional Counseling: Liberty University
Population Segments Served: Adults, Adolescents, Individuals, Couples
Treatment Offered: Adjustment Disorders, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Anxiety & Depression, Boundary Setting, Co-dependency, Conflict Resolution, Mood Disorders, Parenting, Stress Management, and Trauma
Years In Practice: 5 years