I still can’t quite believe how much my life has changed. Once I got my head around the idea of ‘doing the work’, having procrastinated for months, I haven’t looked back. At times it feels like I’m flying! Thank you Jo for your tireless patience and invaluable wisdom. There’s still some way to go I know but the most beautiful thing is that I also know I will get there. I’m not afraid anymore. There are so many beautiful catch phrases I’ve picked up and made my own like: ‘you’re not defined by your mistakes, it’s how you respond to them that counts’, ‘application is the key’, and ‘courage sets you free’. If you’re thinking of taking this journey, then don’t hesitate. Although it can be challenging, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”
Cicero (106BC – 43BC)
As some one who spends a lot of time on the net, I just wanted to say I love the site, love all the freebies and I particularly love the way that your philosophy hangs together. This idea of integration and holism is new to me. I certainly want to explore it further. The more I read, the less I feel I know, which is strangely reassuring as I’m comforted by the insights. Keep up the good work. I’ll stay in touch
Jennifer Owens, Penrith
“A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.”
Mohammed (570 – 632)
To anyone’s who’s interested, my journey with Reach has been one that has asked very difficult questions of me. The turning point for me was reading ‘Who Are You When No One’s Looking?’ I realized from reading that worksheet that I didn’t know who I was and my unexplained anxiety and panic actually for a time got worse. It was at this point that things slowly started to improve.
I felt heard and understood, this was new and so comforting. As the months have gone by I keep finding new bits of me which is lovely. So if this makes sense to anyone out there, then I can honestly recommend this path to you.
“Genius is eternal patience.”
Michael Angelo (1475 – 1564)
When I learnt about the 3Ps (Patience, Practice and Perseverance) I realised that this was what had been missing. I felt like I’d been banging my head against a brick wall, spending far too much time complaining and criticizing. When I was given this handout I quietly resented the implication that I might lack any of these qualities. However, it’s become obvious to me that I didn’t really understand what they even meant and so had little chance of applying them to my life. I’m finding the journey with Reach insightful and I’m learning so much about me. There have been times I’ve wondered ‘why am I doing this?’ but I’m so glad I’ve persevered because twelve months on from starting my journey I feel really alive. I’m taking risks I’ve never taken before. I believe in myself in a way I didn’t know was possible and I’m learning that if you practice with patience you become kinder and life is kinder to you. I will continue to practice. The patience may take a little longer to come!
“Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith.”
St Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1226)
I have tried over the last ten years to find my solutions in so many places, and could never find anything that fitted. I turned up at Reach’s door desperate but not really believing an answer existed for me. Thank God for the kindness and warmth I was shown in that first meeting. I was lost and scared. But right from that initial contact a little spark of hope was ignited and though I am far from fixed, I do now believe it will happen. I can see that I am starting to get my life back and that is truly amazing. I am actually learning to like myself and feel valued which helps. The worksheets also help, the more I read the clearer things become. Now I’ve found something that has given me belief in myself I will not throw away this chance.
“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)