Several months ago, I approached my director with
the idea of this blog. I wanted to be creative; I wanted to answer
the multitude of questions I get on a daily basis, and I wanted a
forum to pass along current information that would benefit
prospective students, current students and alumni. I've always had
a passion for writing and research, and I thought it would be ideal
to be able to incorporate that into the job I already love.
When I told my daughter about my new project, her immediate
comment was, "Why in the world would you create more work for
yourself?" That thought hadn't crossed my mind; I was so excited
about this new undertaking! She was right, though. I had created
more work for myself and committed to some deadlines that I wasn't
sure were possible. Added to that, of course, was the stress that
might accompany this new endeavor.
My daughter opened up a can of worms and concern replaced
euphoria. Had I bitten off more than I could chew? Several frowns
and wrinkled brows later, I decided to throw caution to the wind
and I was back on track. I was challenging myself, enhancing my
job, and I'd been given the opportunity to channel the passion that
I feel for the university and the field of massage therapy. It
would definitely be more work but it would be fueled by my
determination and enthusiasm.
My observation over the years, especially here at National, is
that the happiest and most productive people I know are passionate
about life, work and family. They radiate an infectious enthusiasm
that is a magnet for the people around them. They seem to perform
feats bordering on the impossible, while keeping sane and centered.
They pursue their dreams, make them happen, and dare the rest of us
to do the same.
So, my project HAS turned out to be more work and HAS shaken up
my world a bit, but it has kept me thinking and exploring and it
has instilled in me a sense of accomplishment. I am moving forward
and may stumble a bit, but movement is good, change is good, and
the stimulation is immeasurable!
Be passionate about all that is yours and if passion is absent
from your life, pursue it as if your life depended on it.