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Borrowed Words

I've loved inspirational quotes for as long as I can remember. Beginning in my undergraduate dorm room, I displayed framed quotes to look at and share with friends and family. I collected these words like others collected coins, or baseball cards. In retrospect, this love of words began much earlier. My love of books, stories, grew over my lifetime. Words have power. The power to soothe. Power to inspire. And power to heal.

Propping myself up with the words of others has sustained me during some of my most challenging moments. I borrowed the words of others when it was difficult to find my own.

I cannot borrow books from others as I often find words within that must be underlined, highlighted, and saved for later retrieval. This being the case, I own a large number of books. Many I keep, some I pass on to those I think would benefit. So that they too may borrow the words of others until they can find their own.

Now I am beginning a new career as a counselor, and I want to be able to share the words, books, and stories that sustained me. My hope is others may benefit as well. I often scan the bookshelves of counselors. You might be curious too. What do your counselors read? What do they find helpful?

Check back periodically and I'll share the books on my bookshelf and what I believe they have to offer.

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