Those Along the Way

I miss Kimlyn. After writing about her in my last post I started to think about all the peeps who helped me excel in my career through the years. The peeps who made it possible for me to be a great as I was. They consist of not only employers but patients. With that said I believe if you do not have a real passion for this work you will never excel. So what is passion? According to Webster’s it is a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity I think most of us would agree with that. So where does it come from. After doing some research the jury is still out. No one really knows.

According to, “Passion might develop over time from a genetic advantage that gives rise to a superior physical or intellectual skill, which moreover provides an individual with a consistent source of gratification. In turn, this sense of satisfaction reinforces the individual’s willingness to continue to develop his or her skill. The combination of compulsive practice and passion leads to mastery and exceptional achievement”

Genetics? How can that be? Both my parents were laborers. Mom worked in factories during the depression, eventually became a nurses aid and went on to become a medical secretary. This was all without any schooling. Back then the hospital trained you for the nurses aid position and as for the medical secretary position it was also on the job training. My dad was a truck driver. Neither of them had any tolerance for anything that included “feelings, compassion, caring, yada, yada, yada. So I guess I have to think about why I became a massage therapist. What was in my head when I went to that massage school open house. If memory serves me I think I thought it would be a cool job! I did not really spend a whole lot of time thinking it through. Luckily it all worked it!

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