Peace, Passion, and Potential

Happy Friday, RISERS! I hope this week has been good to you. I had the unexpected opportunity to go with my husband on a business trip to Memphis. Truthfully, unexpected opportunities are some of the best and most pleasant ones. Perhaps you see a former classmate or coworker, or maybe you meet someone new and hit it off with them. Or you find yourself in a location you’ve never been and are overcome by the beauty and peacefulness of it.

Quote of the week: “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” –Steve Jobs

Movie of the week: The movie I want to recommend this week is Racing Stripes. Yes, that is the story about a zebra who thinks he’s a horse. This movie is special because it looks at two different characters and how they both want to be seen for more than what’s at face value. Channing wants to be taken seriously as a rider, though her mother died in a freak horse-racing accident. Stripes believes himself to be more than just a zebra; he has the heart of a runner. Together, Channing and Stripes challenge what others think and prove that it is possible to push yourself and become what you dream of. The story is awesome. The animal characters are hilarious, because all of us have these same kinds of friends. If you can dream it…you can do it! Look at me, I’m writing blogs!

Joke of the week: What do you call a dog magician? A labracadabrador.

Nugget of Wisdom for the week: I wanted to take this moment to mention how important it is to think about what career you want to do for your adult life. It is said that the average person changes careers at least three to five times in their lifetime. I have still not decided what I want to be when I grow up, BUT I have worked jobs that have fallen inside my personality profile.

It has also been said that money isn’t everything, but you do need it to be able to take care of yourself and your family. Try to get a job doing the thing you love; that way going to work won’t be a burden or a grueling experience, but one that you wake up and do with excitement each day.

So, what do you love? What are you passionate about? Now comes another opportunity to make a list. Write down the things you have a passion to do. Note the abilities or talents you have that you enjoy using for yourself or others. Try to envision yourself doing each thing that you enjoy in order to earn a living. If you can’t picture it clearly, or if or it feels like you would go crazy, that activity might be better as a hobby than as a potential career.

Once you have created these lists, you are well on your way to coming up with the things that give you purpose. By identifying the fire that drives you to use your gifts and abilities, you are on the right track to knowing what career path to follow. Good luck!

Have a great week. Remember, you are most awesome and YOU ROCK!

Marion Rhines is a former foster-turned-adoptive parent. She lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with her husband and five children. She has written and published two children’s books as well as two foster-care-themed novels. She has a Facebook blog, Tips from the FLIP Side, and enjoys working with children of all ages.

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