Living Your Vocation in 2010
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope all of you enjoyed the
holidays and had the pleasure of a little vacation time with your family and
For my first post of 2010, I'd like to begin with a Speech Spirit
entry to start the year with a positive message. My inspiration for today's
post comes from when I attended church over the holidays. During one of my
visits, the priest discussed his recent assignment at a local university where
he taught theology to a group of freshmen students. One of the topics that he
introduced to them was the concept of "vocation". The priest mentioned that
when he initially presented it, many of the students had no idea what he was
talking about; however as the semester unfolded, so did their understanding of
what it is and what their true vocation may be.
To help the students understand the concept better, the
priest described "vocation" as "what a person is called to do and will allow
you to change the world in a way that no one else can". He went on to explain that some people
know and understand their vocation at a very young age, while others discover
it much later in life. Either way, the soul of each person will yearn until its
true vocation is fulfilled.
My wish for all of you reading the blog today, whether you
are a therapist and/or a parent, is that you come to embrace and celebrate your
vocation. For I believe, it is a divine calling to love and serve children,
especially those with disabilities.
This most appropriate comment was recently posted by a new
reader and aspiring therapist:
"Hi Stephanie and Community....I
wanted to let you know that you and your contributors are real inspirations to
me. After twenty-five years as a legal secretary, I am working toward my
SLP degree, and reading your blog confirms to me that I am making the right
decision. I am at the point in my life where I no longer want to be an
"asset to the firm," but be an "asset to life."
And lastly, a quote from Marianne Williamson, an
internationally known spiritual teacher who inspires others through her words
and work everyday:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our
deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our
darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented
and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about
shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our
own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates