eo Insights

Life starts with what you believe

I Am The Sum Total of Everyone I Have Ever Met


This week, I have reached a significant milestone in my career.  10 years in private practice!   Yes, 10 years ago I opened the door to an opportunity that has, as I reflect, altered my life forever. 

I often wonder at the incredible privilege I have to share my clients’ deepest moments.  Moments of fear, heartbreak and struggle, as well as moments of hysterical laughter as private thoughts are shared that, in some cases, will never again be uttered aloud.   I have also witnessed the beautiful miracles of peace, hope, and courage, intangibles that can only be appreciated through the sharing of intimate pain.   There’s no doubt, these past ten years have changed me.  And I now understand what Walt Disney once expressed ‘I am the sum total of everyone I have ever met’. 

Y – Your will to face each new day after the death of your child has taught me courage.

A – I am confident that it’s possible to recover from abuse.  Your strength has taught me so.

D – You have graciously demonstrated that love can be rekindled on the other side of infidelity.

W – Your sacrifices for your family have taught me to be more generous with my own.

S – The mercy you have extended to your daughter, even though you are hurt, inspires me.

L – When nothing seems to come together, you exhibit hope.

J – Making time for the needs of others has been my example of selfless kindness.

K – You remind me to cherish the wonder of youth.

H – Your trust in God to heal after a debilitating injury is my example of great faith.

G – You have shown me that adaptability is crucial for survival.

P – Through your life I see that competence is more beautiful when wrapped in humility.

Truthfully, everything we do has some effect on someone other than ourselves.  As John Donne (1) wrote ‘no man is an island unto himself’.  Rather we are a body, dependent in many ways upon one another, whether we like it or not.  And, as in a body, when one part is wounded we all feel the pain….. and when a burden is lifted, we all step a little lighter.   

In my office there is a drawer-full of cards and file-full of emails all expressing appreciation.  Yet, I truly am the thankful one!  I have been so deeply enriched, by simply sharing life with others.

If you, or someone you know could benefit from the supportive help of a professional counsellor, please feel free to call or email my office .  My 10th Anniversary Promotion happily offers a $10 discount for new clients!

(1) John Donne, English poet, lawyer and cleric in the Church of England.

Author: Elaine Olson

Elaine effectively counsels in the area of marriage and family, with specialization in anxiety and stress, decision-making and young adult concerns. Elaine uses a variety of counseling therapies to meet the specific needs of each client. Her insightful approach to life challenges the three-part makeup of humanity, to ensure total wellness, physically, mentally/emotionally and spiritually. She is a strong advocate for women, taking a lead role to pioneer many innovative support programs for women around the world.

4 thoughts on “I Am The Sum Total of Everyone I Have Ever Met

  1. My sincerest congratulations to you. We, who have had the priviledge of meeting with you, are the fortunate ones. Without you, I might not be here. May you have many more years of helping people, like myself and also health and happiness for you and your family.

  2. Very inspiring Elaine and thankful that people like you care enough to help others!

  3. Congratulations, Elaine … very proud of you and happy for your success 🙂 !!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s