“Helping people overcome their demons is not the same as helping people live well”
– Martin Seligman
What does it mean to live well?
Is it to be rich?
Is it to be loved?
Is it to live a life of purpose?
Many of you have chosen a life of service because at a deep level, you understand that personal fulfillment is connected to the notion of contribution. Being of service is valued. Through meaningful connection to one another, our lives have purpose. When we take off the uniform, it can be hard to know who we are.
Chances are, who you are was determined long before you put on the uniform. As a kid, you were probably the one who offered to help out. In social situations, you likely notice who is in need and are quick to offer assistance.
Who you are is not defined by the clothes you wear, rather, it’s who you are inside: who you’ve always been.
Sometimes, when we’re injured, it’s easy to lose sight of that old self. It’s still there. It’s always been there. Just waiting to re-emerge when you are ready.
Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Executive Director, Landing Strong