Friday, June 21, 2013

in which we all (should) have a passion

I am obviously very passionate about education.  I think I always wanted to be a teacher. Or a child psychologist (until I took my first child psyc class and was bored.) If I hadn't become a mom, I would still be  in the classroom. Or the principal's office. So these days, my passion for education is focused inside our home. And not only are my view of education likely different from much of the population, the way we parent probably is very different, too.

But education isn't everyone's passion.

The Hubs has found his niche in the mental health field - and is also finding it in the medical field. I know his heart is trying to help those who have PTSD, depression, and other mental illnesses. Other people are passionate about fitness or nutrition. I wish I was. I learn from my friends who know all about organic eating and working out. Honestly, I don't really apply it yet, but I admire their passion and knowledge about those topics.

I have friends who are passionate about Calvinism. I have friends who are passionate about Pentecostalism. And since I find value (and truth) in both, I learn from them even though I am not 100% sold on either perspective.I have friends who make their homes beautiful. I have friends who volunteer at animal shelters. I have friends who advocate for a variety of worthy causes.  What I find with each of these friends is that not only are they passionate about their interest, they are knowledgeable.  So I choose to learn from them, even if it is not something I will ever be very interested in or even something I necessarily agree with.

At the end of the day if I have caused someone to think about something in a different way, I am happy. My desire is not agreement, but to challenge others (and myself) to think about why we do what we do. And through that I hope there is change in all of us.

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