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Fresh Start.  Many welcome January 1st with open arms and a list of new years’ resolutions in hand. As we head full force into 2010, it’s important to have healthy expectations and a clear vision for the year ahead. Getting a fresh start also means change is in the air. Keep reading to discover more about change and how it affects our lives. It’s time to sit back, relax and catch this month’s Spirit.  -----------------------------------------------------------------------  The Krist Samaritan Center wishes you a safe and happy new year!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------  Change: the only constant.  Change can be good or bad. It involves endings and beginnings. For some it is a time of mourning, while for others it is a time of great joy. Change can be found in starting a new job, moving to another neighborhood, sending a kid to college, losing a loved one, getting a puppy or attending a new church. Whatever change is in your life, it will continue on as a relentless force—no one can escape life’s inevitable developments.  With the end of every year comes a good and natural grieving process, but it’s vital to move into any new life situation with a positive attitude. Those who think of change in a positive way will become energized and see it as an element that brings about personal growth and adventure. So, be confident, live life to the fullest and embrace change.  Do you fear change? Here are some thoughts for transitioning into a new situation. •	Remember your strengths. As an individual, you have endured many of life’s storms. Think back on previous crisis’ you have successfully come through and recognize that you have the strength to deal with change.  •	Recognize your support group. Surround yourself with a loving support group of family and friends who provide positive thoughts, responses and reinforcement in your life.    •	Pray. Offer up thanksgiving for past change that you’ve come through, ask for a positive attitude, and trust for a bright future.  •	Establish a new routine. Do things every day that you love. Enjoy a cup of coffee each morning, read a book at lunch or take a short walk at night. A new constant helps with the changing environment around you.  •	Think positively. A good and proactive attitude is key to coping with change.  Service Spotlight Each month, Spirit will shine a spotlight on one of our services to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.  Residency/Training For those with graduate degrees in a counseling discipline, the Krist Samaritan Center offers clinical supervision to complete licensure requirements. All clinical supervisors (psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists) are approved by a state licensing board. Program participants are trained to understand counseling through a faith perspective, and integrate theological insight into their work.   To learn more about our residency program, click here.
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.  ~William James
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