Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Doing What You Love

Today I am teaching the first of four sessions on the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator.  I am looking forward to it because psychology, and especially the study of personality types, is something that I am passionate about.  I first discovered the Myers-Briggs when I was in my thirties and working as a Lay Minister.  I was taking a course on Spiritual Direction when they gave us a lengthy version of the Myers-Briggs assessment.  This first awareness of my personality type was a true awakening experience for me.  For the first time in my life I started to make sense to myself and over time I also began to understand other people and how we all see life differently.  Since that moment I have been on a continuous journey of self-awareness.  I am sure there are people who are dreading my class today because attendance is mandatory for them and they may care less about the subject matter.  These people are my target audience and by the end of the class I hoped they feel enlightened.  There is not a lot in the workplace that truly excites me.  What does excite me is when I have the rare opportunity to do something I love and which I feel I do well.  Today’s subject matter is something I know a lot about and teaching is something I really enjoy.  It is a rare day when I don’t encounter people who are just trying to get through the day.  I am often one of them.  I think a big part of that struggle is a lack of passion for what one is doing.  If a person can find their passion and have opportunities to express it, they will be a happy person.  More often than not most people get stuck in a job that truly feels like work.  If you find your passion, and especially if you can get paid for it, you will never work another day in your life.  Work is not work if you love what you are doing.    

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