(In this guest article, Dr. Laurie Weiss points out the benefits of work that you really enjoy.)
When I was about 12, I learned a secret! I could do something I loved (at the time it was sewing) and, if my mother approved of it, she would think I was working (as I was supposed to) when I was really playing. It’s a secret worth sharing because it made all the difference.
My life has been richer, fuller and more exciting than I ever imagined it could be. During my undergraduate career I agreed with my physics professor to not pursue advanced courses because, after all, I would just be getting married. I did get married and worked to put my husband through graduate school. Fifty-six years, two children and five grandchildren later, I can look back with amazement.
Along the way I have also been a lab technician; a science teacher; psychotherapist; trainer of psychotherapists, teachers and business professionals; lecturer in 13 different countries; executive and life coach; a business owner; and author of 8 self-help books (with spines) and assorted other materials. I have also been blessed by elephants in India, walked on hot coals, visited Camelot, flown over the pyramids, and viewed the erotic temples at Khajurajo, India.
Two accidents (my introduction to transactional analysis in 1968 and to feminism in 1970) led my husband and me to create a business and personal partnership that far exceeded my wildest expectations.
Having the tools to make a positive difference in people’s lives turned out to be both intoxicating and addicting. And the kind of learning I was exposed to along the way transformed how I experience the world. When I considered retirement, I discovered that it was difficult to have the kind of meaningful conversations I love and that people actually pay me to have. So I keep on looking like I am working but really playing.
Then about 5 years ago another accidental encounter led me in a new and fascinating direction. I was introduced to an almost unknown healing method. You can ‘look inside the book’ at http://www.BooksbyLaurie.com/go to read about that strange experience in my newest book Letting It Go: Relieve Anxiety and Toxic Stress in Just a Few Minutes Using Only Words (Rapid Relief with Logosynthesis®)
I am committed to helping people learn to love and appreciate themselves and each other. I have an unshakeable belief, based on over 45 years of experience, that people are doing the very best they can with the resources they have available to them at any given moment.
Laurie Weiss, Ph.D. and her husband Jonathan B. Weiss, Ph.D. live and work in Littleton, CO. They are the only Certified Master Logosynthesis Practitioners in the US. LaurieWeiss@EmpowermentSystems.com
We were always taught to pick a practical career. Practical careers do not always turn out as we thought. But, impractical careers do not always pay well enough. In either case, we just need to convince others of our value.