E. Christine Moll
E. Christine Moll, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Counseling & Human Services
Back in the day, the Army used “Be all you can be” as a catch phrase for many years in their advertisements. A psychiatrist, Abraham Maslow, coined the term “Self-Actualization” describing those “moments” in life when one “gets their groove on” and connects with oneself, one’s creator, and the world – all syncing into one “whole” for a brief moment in time. Each of these terms/phrases captures magis for me.
In the orientation for our graduate counseling students, I generally encourage our “newbies” to “Be who you are becoming!” One does not “become” a professional upon donning the graduation robe, or hanging one’s diploma on an office wall. The process is developmental, taking baby-steps incrementally day-by-day in one’s classes, reading beyond the assignments, beginning to practice living professional dispositions and behaviors in one’s personal life and gradually changing one’s identity from “student” to “professional.” However, being “professional” demands that one is also a life-long learner – in constant revision – as one might edit one’s writing of a paper, a case summary, or a letter.
Magis suggests that we are not stagnant people – we celebrate change and growth in others, but first in ourselves, as we cannot ask others to do what we ourselves are not willing to do ourselves. On the growth chart of life – how tall have you grown emotionally, spiritually and psychologically lately? Remember, BE WHO YOU ARE BECOMING – it’s all about the MAGIS in each of us!