In the last session, we discussed the importance of having a vision to run with. This refers to what we call a discovery, which by definition is what others have seen and no one has thought of. Cognizant of the fact that most of the youths in question are victims of one or several mental health disorders; to this end, being mindful of their need, we make available relevant interventions that have therapeutic values in them as we try to make the journey to the promised land a very memorable one.
Some of the possible or likely mental health disorders prevalent include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, and antisocial disorder. These disorders we shall discuss in detail; nonetheless, we understand that the discovery of a vision, which represents a sure path to the fulfillment of destinies is in itself therapeutic, and that is why admonishing the youths to get one quickly as discussed in the last session cannot be overemphasized.
This session is of the assumption that you have already discovered a path and are well-prepared to run with it. The encouraging words of John Maxwell find relevance and application here as we try to chart a way forward. “Dreams are conceived long before they are achieved. The period of time between the birth of a dream and its realization is always a process. This period is filled with doubts, adversities, changes and surprises. During the process, you will experience good days and bad days, and frequently you will be faced with a dilemma. Do you give up or go on? Without hesitation, I can give you the answer. Don’t give up on your dream.”
This understanding is the key that unlocks doors and draws strength in the face of adversity to forge ahead. Though the journey may seem uncertain at the beginning but holding on to the belief of succeeding provides the requisite impetus to continue.
One important point that needs to be stressed here is that despite the blurry perception, the truth still remains that our problems are not in setting our goals too high and not reaching them but in setting them too low and reaching them. We have in our hands something of significance that we cannot afford to leave at any time or toy with. You are therefore expected, on a serious note and as religiously as possible, to think of your vision by day and dream of it by night. There is no limit to how far you can dream. Dream is free, but the truth that sets free, which in other words is discipline, is not free.
Congratulations on your victory by taking a step of faith into a journey that terminates as a colorful ending. So you have succeeded in conquering the major problem which is fear, and what becomes your possession in reward is a sound mind. Don’t bother yourself thinking about how to take off or which direction to face; the more you hold onto the vision that you have, believing in it and yourself, you will discover that the provision needed to take off is on ground waiting for your action.
The next session of this discussion shall teach or instruct on how to turn the spiritual provision for a vision into the actual substance that we need. Bear in mind that you’ve got to start somewhere because you cannot build a reputation on something you want to do. Let your joy know no bounds, for where joy is withered away, harvest perishes. That is, without joy, no matter how much you labor, your harvest will not be in view. So you are in the right place, and your success is guaranteed as long as you engage your eyes, your ears and your mouth positively. Nothing shall be impossible for you.
Don’t forget to be a part of the next discussion. Your questions and concerns also can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samuel ‘Tunji Adeyanju