Healthy "U" February Newsletter
Finding Your Passion
by Jill Kramer Hermes '87, Director of Career Services and Service Learning
Much has been written on the subject of finding one's passion. It sounds wonderful, doesn't it? Finding the "thing" that ignites passion within our souls. Uncovering the one cause that speaks to us and spurs us into action. Once we embrace this passion we can expect to mold our careers into a venue that allows us to change the world for good, as we pursue this passion. So long mundane and tedious life -- hello purposeful and intentional living. OK, so you may sense a bit of sarcasm here, but stay with me while we delve into this important topic. What is the process that will help us uncover our true passion? We can start by asking ourselves some key questions.
* To what do I keep returning to?
* What are my strengths?
* What energizes me?
* What do a read about and just long to learn more about?
* What has the power to bring me to tears?
While we reflect on the questions above, we can test the waters. If the pursuit of social justice is calling you, try your hand at volunteering a few hours at an event or organization that is involved in advocacy. There are many worthy community organizations that welcome volunteers, from Hospice Care to political campaigns, to youth oriented groups such as the Girl Scouts. You can find more ideas about where to invest your civic engagement energies by clicking here. If you are reflecting on how you may incorporate your passion into your career, FOCUS-2 is a helpful exercise to provide some direction. You may access this tool by clicking here.
If you search for books written to address the topic of finding your true passion, I fear that you may never come up for air. You could spend all of your days reading and listening to TED talks on this subject. Marie Forleo, Life Coach, offers up some excellent advice. In the quest for finding our passion and hence getting on with our productive and significant lives, "Clarity comes from engagement, not thought". As academics, we discuss, debate, analyze and evaluate. I have seen people agonize over discovering their passion, until they become paralyzed by the fear of doing something that is uninteresting. I think that as we set out to find our passion, we may encounter experiences that border on the mundane; they may even be precariously close to tedious....but the risk is worth it. For every experience gets us closer to finding the golden nugget of passion. As we become face to face with the deep needs of individuals and communities, we may feel the stirring passion to find creative solutions in previously unexplored areas.
Opening our hearts and minds to new experiences may spark new passions within as we go through different seasons of our lives. As we embrace passion, it allows us to see things in a new light and perhaps connect with people in new ways. So, while it is tempting for me to turn to another Brene Brown book on how I should move forward, I will not do that today. Today, I will listen Coach Marie, and "Quit talking, and start doing." I hope you will join me.
Attention Faculty and Staff:
If you are interested in being a part of a group that will meet monthly to explore contemplative and meditation practices for personal and professional growth, please contact Beth O'Malley.
Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation
Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation is held Monday and Thursday afternoons 12:15-12:45 pm in the Meditation and Prayer Room, Chapel basement.
Weekly Chapel Services
All are welcome, Wednesday afternoons, 12:30-12:55 pm.
Free yoga classes sponsored by Sol Yoga will be offered Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15 pm in the Dance Studio, Gambril Gymnasium. The last class for yoga will be Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
Happy Valentines Day!