When speaking with Heather McKenzie, a National Board-Certified Teacher in Literacy, on my “Empowering Women in Educational Leadership” November 22nd episode, she shared that being a teacher was her true calling. She said that once you find your passion, you enjoy each day of your life! Let’s explore following a passion a bit further.
The Clarity of Purpose
For some, the revelation of their life’s calling is as clear as day. From a young age, they are drawn to a particular path, be it in the arts, sciences, or humanities. This clarity is a gift, a guiding star that illuminates their journey from the onset. They grow, fueled by an unwavering passion, shaping their lives around this central purpose.
The Journey of Discovery
However, for many of us, identifying our true passion is akin to assembling a puzzle without a reference image. It’s a journey that requires introspection, patience, and often, a fair share of trial and error. The key lies in identifying what genuinely makes us happy. It’s about asking ourselves, “What activities bring me joy? What would I do even if I wasn’t getting paid for it? What can I immerse myself in even on days when motivation is scarce?”
Reflection: The Inner Dialogue
Reflection is our most valuable tool in this quest. It involves looking back at our experiences, identifying moments of pure joy and engagement, and recognizing patterns. What subjects did you love in school? What hobbies do you find yourself lost in for hours? These reflections often reveal our true inclinations, sometimes hidden beneath layers of societal expectations or self-doubt.
Education: A Continuous Journey
For those in the field of education, recognizing this calling is more a journey than a destination. It’s about understanding that our passion for learning and teaching is an evolving process. The educational landscape is ever-changing, and so are our roles within it. Embracing this journey means being open to new ideas, adapting to change, and continually seeking ways to inspire and be inspired.
Making Decisions That Align With Your Passion
Once you have a sense of your calling, every decision you make can be a step towards fulfilling it. This clarity allows you to choose paths that align with your passion, whether it’s further education, a career change, or even a hobby that enriches your life. It’s about creating a life where work doesn’t feel like a chore, but an extension of your very essence.
The Ripple Effect of Following Your Calling
When you align your life with your passion, the impact extends beyond personal fulfillment. You become a beacon of inspiration to those around you. Your enthusiasm and dedication can ignite a spark in others, encouraging them to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery.
Conclusion: Embracing Your Calling
Finding and embracing your calling is one of life’s most rewarding challenges. It requires courage to venture into the unknown and patience to let the journey unfold. But once you find it, every step you take becomes a testament to your true purpose, turning your life into a masterpiece of your own making. Remember, it’s not just about reaching a destination, but cherishing the journey that takes you there.
For support in your journey in education, reach out to me for a free consultation at www.drstephanieduguid.com, I would love to help you!