About me…

How does one describe oneself?    … and be really honest? Besides…. what do people really want to know? I am a retired counsellor and live with my wife in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Retired meaning that I may have ceased being formally involved in the paid workforce, but not retired from living.  How can one ever do that? Life is meant to be lived to the full… forever. I say forever, because I believe firmly in the fact that I am a created being, made in the image of God, and having wandered away from Him, have been fully restored to God’s family, through the amazing gift of His son, Jesus, who has given me this privilege, plus, life eternal, simply because I believe in Him. How good is that? So why do I write about the things in this site?  Over many years of sitting with people, listening to their problems, distress, fears and concerns, it became abundantly clear that believing in a future made perfect was one thing, but living the day to day life here on this earth is another. And this, most people find incredibly challenging. Much of the difficulty centres around three problems. We are very unclear about what and who we are, many have become separated from their maker by becoming bogged down in religion, and thirdly, we are meant to live in community. But living with and around others means understanding our relationship to others and having the skills to communicate effectively and appropriately. And in this area, we all struggle at times. It has been astounding to see how prevalent these three problem areas are in our world.   It matters not how educated we are, how affluent we are or what our job is. Most people struggle with a healthy sense of self and have problems relating to others, including God … at least some of the time. I have found there is much joy and peace of mind to be had when we learn the truth about what and who we really are, and that by learning a few simple skills, the art of getting along with others, including God, becomes much easier and more enjoyable. My goal in life is to see people everywhere, living in the joy, and the peace of mind and heart, that is freely available to them. When I’m not writing about all of the above, I just love being outdoors in the garden, walking, bike riding, listening to good music, going out for good coffee, and simply meeting new people and getting to know them. I hope one day I might even get to meet you..                      …by the way, these books are free to download, with no strings attached, simply because I believe the way to find joy in life should be freely available to everyone. While they are freely available, content is copyright. You are free to pass it on, but please contact me if you wish to use the material in any other way.   Ray Slade Counsellor, personal & relationships; drug & alcohol Spiritual Life coaching Writer Grad Dip, Counselling, Latrobe University, Melbourne Cert Couple Counselling, Relationships Australia Grad.Dip Instructional Design, Deakin University B.Ed, Media, Latrobe University, Melbourne
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