Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. ~Johann Wolfgang Goethe

I am one with all souls.

Namaste’ Fellow Travelers,

Now we come to the affirmation that asks us to explore how the Universe is conspiring to manifest our vision. With this section, I draw on my primary career as an educator. Ironically, I never considered becoming a teacher – until my then husband asked me if I didn’t want to also get my teaching degree, so we could have the same hours and enjoy the summers together. Part of me knew my love of art was not going to be a viable career, so I followed his advise. I never imagined the benefits I would eventually experience because of that choice.  

As I shared earlier, I opted to get a master’s degree in reading education when a degree in art and elementary education did not garner a teaching position. The semester I started the master’s program, I got a job. Teaching reading reinforced a love I had always had, but had not fully given myself permission to enjoy. Plus, it reignited my love for creating stories, a passion I squelched back in junior high as merely kid’s stuff.

When I took a ten year leave from teaching in order to raise my babies to school age, I gravitated to teaching Lamaze and stained glass classes at night. An inner urging encouraged me to look into those two fields when I found myself hungry for adult contact while pursuing something I felt passionate about…staying home to raise my babies.  

About the time I returned to the classroom, I found the world of recorded books, which opened a door that has never shut. While my kids were growing up, we always had a book going on the car tape player, so whether we were running errands, going to school, or taking a family vacation, they got a dose of fiction. They were on a first name basis with Garrison Keillor’s Lake Woebegone characters. Listening to Jean Auel’s novel, Clan of the Cave Bear, ignited an inner knowing that told me if she could create a story, I could as well.

My teaching career shifted to developmental studies at a college level which for a time became a monotonous cycle of badgering my students to complete the lessons, so they could satisfy the requirements needed before taking ‘real courses’ that would count toward their degree. Several years in, I came up with a project that revitalized my own passion for teaching while hopefully reignited my student’s desire to follow their passion. They wrote five-year goals, which they then broke down into one-year goals moving toward their end-goal. At the end of the semester, they gave me five self-addressed envelopes and their five one-year goal sheets. As the years passed, I mailed the goal sheets back to them along with an encouraging letter from me. I will never know what a difference this made, but maybe it kept alive whatever passion fueled them to go to college in the first place.

Even after I retired from teaching at the college level, I found myself hungry to share with others, so I developed a workshop with the affirmations in this book as the focus, Affirming a New Vision. The first couple of years, I taught it on my own, then Sue Davis joined me in teaching it at the Cenacle Retreat Center on the west side of Houston until it flooded in 2017 during Hurricane Harvey. Two years we taught at the Dominican Center in Central Houston. This pursuit was born out of the desire to share these empowering affirmations. It is no no accident this became my venue for sharing these since I first learned about affirmations and their ability to change my thinking at an Effective Living Workshop offered at the Cenacle.

By reflecting on how teaching has been a means of pursuing so many of my passions throughout the years, I see the common thread of the divine urging me every step along the way. While facilitating a teaching environment, whether it was reading, Lamaze, stained glass, or an empowerment workshop, I have embraced the need to learn the material myself. Teaching has required tapping into my inner knowing while taking inventory of the outer resources that are available to me.

Journal prompt: In respect to your passion(s), how is the Universe conspiring to help you? What does your inner knowing tell you about your desires and interests? Who or what is available to support you in pursuing these interests? How have you seen these passions show up in your life so far?

Affirmation: Create a personal, powerful, and positive statement summarizing the essence of your journal writing. Example: The Universe wants me to live my passion.  

Letter from your soul: Review your journal entry and your affirmation then write a letter from your divine to you reflecting on both. Address the letter with a term of endearment because that is how your soul sees you. Allow your soul to tell you how it is conspiring to help you pursue your passion.

Buen Camino, Pat

The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach for. ~Benjamin Mays

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