“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Saturday, 15 February 2014

It was 92 Years ago today... February 15th Carl Rogers began his odyssey #chinadiary

In The China Diary * Carl Rogers writes engagingly, passionately, about his six-month trip to China - these pages represent a key point in the young Rogers' development, and so the development of the person-centred approach.

February 15th 1922 is his very first entry. 20-year-old Carl says his last goodbyes to his family and, excited, but determined to be as knowledgeable as possible, as he reads 110 pages of The Changing Chinese not long after boarding the train to the West Coast of the United States.

It is notable that he expresses a vigorous yet questioning religious belief at this point (and throughout the diaries): "It isn't until one is facing a big job alone that one appreciates all that his faith in a Heavenly Father means to him."

However, I have a sense that he was also ready for change, to be changed by his experience: "I can't help but wonder how much the trip will change me, and whether the Carl Rogers that comes back will be more than a speaking acquaintance of the Carl Rogers that is going out."

* Cornelius-White, J. H. D. (2012). Carl Rogers: The China Diary. Ross-on-Wye, UK: PCCS Books.

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