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Living Your Vocation in 2010

Published January 5, 2010 10:13 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
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 friends!!

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 others".


I never post comments but had to with this one.  I truly believe that working with children with speech-language issues has definetly been my calling.  I'm very glad to hear that other SLP's feel that way as well.  When I have particular cases that I'm concerned about I often pray.  It helps to me to feel more confident so that I can proceed to address the issues.  Thank you so much for this inspiring letter and comments!

Susan, Speech Pathology - SLP, Private Practice January 9, 2010 9:33 AM
Columbia MD

Thank you Stephanie for writing my own thoughts and feelings!  I have always thought of my work as an SLP as a vocation or a "calling."  It's good to know there are others out there in my field who feel this way.

Dora Campbell January 8, 2010 7:14 PM
Longmeadow MA

I, too, worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and have been working as an SLP for the past 3.5 years. You will probably find that your past training will help you in your new career (detail-oriented, report/letter writing, etc.).  Best of luck!

Rivki, EI/CPSE - SLP January 7, 2010 5:15 PM

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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