I am proud of my Finnish heritage, and rely on my Finnish SiSU to bring me strength both professionally and personally.
SiSU pronounced - see'-soo, is the ineffable spirit or inner fire that Finns call upon when all strength seems spent. It literally translates into "having guts." You could also think about it as having tenacity, grit and resilience. All necessary traits we need to access when we are in the midst of distress.
Because of SISU, Finns find it possible to do almost anything except betray our honor or compromise our ideals.
The word derives from Sisus, which means something inner or interior. However SiSU is defined by a long-term element to it; it is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain an action against the odds.
It takes a lot of courage, or inner fire, to enter into therapy. Additionally, it takes a lot of SiSU to make sustainable changes in your relationships, work and life. Entering into therapy is a declaration that the status quo no longer serves you, and that you're ready to put in the hard work towards change, growth and wellness.
This deep respect for courage, connection and change, coupled with my Finnish pride, is how SiSU Relational Services was born.