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2nd Chances

By: David Palumbo, Counselor at The Counseling Center

What does a 2nd chance mean to me?

“Life is not fair. Get used to it.”


The thing about 2nd chances is that if life was fair, no one would deserve them – BUT we all have received them.


I believe that my life has always had a purpose. I just made the mistake of just being too obsessed with trying to recover what I had lost, rather than focusing on what I had found.


There are few accidents in life. The choices that I made were the ones that reflected who I was at that moment in time, but they don’t have to define me forever.


I am thankful that I am not defined by the mistakes that I have made in the past.

How does TCC Support 2nd chances?


“Failure is the fertilizer for tomorrow’s success”


A soldier does not fight because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.


Here at The Counseling Center, you can walk down any hallway, go in any group room, or any common area, and hear a story of how someone was given a second chance at life; the opportunity to overcome a great deal of adversity and had a greater outcome.


It is important to remember that people do not experience intentions, but they do experience behavior.


The Counseling Center has created a culture of investing in people – allowing people to rent passion until they were strong enough to process their own. TCC’s vision of leadership is influenced by the understanding that no one sets out with a plan to fail, but they let adversity from the past get in the way of a greater future.


At The Counseling Center, We believe in Miracles.


My advice for 2nd chances.


“Learn from the mistakes of others, because you can’t afford to make them all yourself”

The only difference between a graveyard and a garden is what you choose to put in the ground.

Many times people get caught up in confusing the past for their potential and forgetting that they are in charge of the future. The choices you make now, the people, places, and things you allow in your life will greatly shape the future.

But remember even potential has a shelf life, and it’s up to you to use it before it expires. There will always be moments when a door will open and present a person with the chance to rise to their potential. It may not be easy, but any successful person who has traveled a pathway provided by their 2nd chance was thankful they did.


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