like to plug my two cents about the benefits of a class by
the name of "Taking Charge."
both the main text and the class format, people of nearly
any generation who suffer the private
distress of anxiety, depression, or any other unpleasant mood
disorder, realize from the
very beginning that they are not alone.
I write this, because this class has given me support and
strength when I needed it, while I grew day by day to appreciate
my own abilities and efforts to realize my potential.
I gained additional cognitive tools to manage fear and discomfort
on the spot with greater frequency than I had prior to the
I got an apartment in my own name not long ago, and I feel
with certainty that my life is now my own.
I have on occasion needed to revisit the tools, when old habits,
triggered by stress, distractions or other stimuli once again
cast their shadow over my life.
I have no doubt that anyone can benefit from the tools offered
in such a class.
The literature is full of real life inspirational stories
that are for me and those in my peer group, heroic journeys.
We have the honor of witnessing our friends transform for
the better over the course of weeks and months.
Today I am more adept at just living life, with less worry
than I had come to believe was normal.
I still have setbacks, these happen to anyone, with or without
I am secure in the knowledge that I am still a worthwhile
human being, with the capacity and will to love, leading to
behaviors which express that love in a world that needs more
In my actions, I promote love and dignity, as I now believe
I was born to do.
I cannot promise that "Taking Charge" will reveal one's life
purpose, but I can say with authority that the class made
a big difference in my life, and that people of many nations
and cultures have enjoyed the benefits of a class I was proud
to participate in.