Clarity is … exploration.
Clarity is an exploration. A journey. A quest if we’re lucky enough to find it. Positive psychology for example. It’s not only a career, or a science to be weighed or measured. It’s an art form. It’s a lived experience. A person can’t become a positive psychologist or a positive psychology practitioner unless they also live the experience of being fully engaged in the philosophy of it.
We can’t become good practitioners if we don’t follow our own philosophy.
“Everything can be taken from a man but … the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” ~ Viktor Frankl
We head toward our calling when it speaks to us. We listen to it when we want to become the best versions of ourselves. We are only truly successful when we walk the walk and talk the talk of what it is we do for a living. The original scholars, the ancients, the Greek philosophers who crafted our knowledge of what makes life a good life, knew this quest. Exploring the field itself is controlled, but not always absolute. If it were, we would all be out of a job. Our careers would be summed up in common sense.
This is our firm foundation of truth seeking. We sometimes crush the dreams of others if we’re not careful with our example. That’s our own ego shouting. It’s not exploring our own inner truth.
When we explore our careers, we don’t always pay attention to the nuances of the responsibilities that carry with it. The people who follow us, are inspired by us, or find a way to make our craft useful as an application and rely on our responsibility to both the art and the science.
An exploration of self in our career
That’s what the science of psychology is for. To make clear to others how to live their best lives. We don’t do scientific work to become famous. We do it to make the world a better place for all creatures great and small.
All careers are and should be a truth seeking exploration of passion.
When we forget out preamble, we’ve lost the art of living. This can be said for any profession, or personal quest. If we’re going to master our craft, we have to know what our own thoughts are whispering to us. It’s not intuition as much as it’s that tiny voicelessness that stays open to the knowledge that we’ll always have to stay open to learning in equal parts to doing.
There’s an Irish proverb that says, “Your feet will take you where your heart is.”
May the road rise up to meet you in your exploration of what your heart calls for.
About the Author: Karen Henry Daly is a positive psychology practitioner, blogger, author and speaker. She is a coach/consultant who writes both fiction and non-fiction about loving one’s best life, thriving, recovery and post traumatic growth. I can be found at our new virtual location, Box 586.
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