Live Your Why

Hello everyone!

Sorry for not blogging in a while; as second years we are slowly accepting the universal truth that “life only gets busier as you get older.” However, even as life and school gets more and more crazy; it is always nice to get away for a weekend, or even a few hours to spend time reflecting about where we are and where we want to go.  I got to do this by attending the White Coat Mass in Duluth 2 weeks ago and the APhA-ASP MRM conference last weekend.

I found it amazing that at both of these events we talked about vocation and Live Your Why, and while they are separate ideas; they are very related to each other.  At the White Coat Mass, we had Sister Joan Marie Stelman speak about medicine as a vocation.  Most people when they think of a vocation think of the call to religious life.  As Sr. Stelman spoke about the meaning of vocation, I found myself thinking back to why I had decided to become a pharmacist in the first place. And I realized that my reason, as P.J. Palmer writes in his book Let Your Life Speak “had not come from a voice ‘out there’ calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice ‘in here’ calling me to be the person I was born to be.”

This was followed by MRM the following weekend; where we gained inspiration from this Ted Talk:

So how is living your why any different than responding to your vocation? I am finding that there is not any difference.  At the conference we talked about how our “why” should be those things that you enjoy doing.  And Palmer also writes of vocation that “True vocation joins self and service, as Frederick Buechner asserts when he defines vocation as ‘the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.'”

So, to any future/current pharmacists reading this:

What’s Your Why?

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