Real life experience in conducting therapy is what helped me write Jungle Pack: Therapy Workbook and Journal. And through this work, I have been able to witness the many times people discovered more options and useful information. It is, and always has within them.
We each have the greatest tools for problem-solving and enrichment. Just by being human, we have the gift of endless routes to fulfillment. But something happens in each of our journeys through life. We start believing in what others tell us about the way things should go or how we should be. We get busy and push stuff like personal strengths and successful behaviors further back into old memory.
It’s easy to do when you’re young and at the mercy of authority. For someone who is five years old, pretty much every adult is bigger in size and able to hold back on needs and wants. Can you see how negative or doubtful messages would be easy to buy?
The workbook and journal are designed with prompts I have used to help elicit from memory and thinking, the lingering information which helps build the map for a smarter journey. It also helps to give documentation for later reference.
Something that might help you decide on purchasing this book is existing evidence. One example of this the time-table and structure for living that most of us encounter. In general, each student in the United States has nine months out of the year to complete a grade. In each quarter of a school year, student performance is tested and the opportunity to go to the next grade is determined by the teacher(s). With only six weeks to go before the end of the second semester, how long will it take for a failing student to work his way to a passing grade average?
I usually see low self-image being a big factor with struggles in school. Even if a child or teenage student is able to swim with the others now, a persistent issue with self-esteem and anger catches up. In higher grades, the pressure to perform is greater. A person’s academic ability has to contend with internal struggles and his or her experience with relationships to peers and authority figures. This is a lot to consider when trying to get from upper elementary to middle school. The same baggage tends to weigh much more when the expectations from teacher and parents are higher.
How about the example of the time clock. Quite a few jobs require that you spend a certain amount of time in the same place everyday, earning money. The money is needed to offset costs, tend to a personal quality of life and maybe even build on investments. During the period on the job each day, you are required to meet standards. Each year of your life is accompanied by inflation and age. When is your earning power going to compete with higher requirements to pay for the same things? And do you want eight, ten or sixteen hours a day of dragging around the same old’ issues with authority and peers? How about sixteen hours times three hundred and sixty-five days? Bills have to be paid on time. Promotions are often decided on, right before an employee assessment period. Remember the student who has six weeks to turn failing grades into passing?
In quite a few instances, we cannot afford to rely on the philosophy that says people have a lifetime to change.
Your boss, teacher and parents all have their own ideas. Whether you are five, fifteen or twenty-five, the same reality remains. Your personal issues will definitely compete with the adult-designed life of timeframes and standards for performance.