Becoming a professional addictions counsellor was a very intentional process for me. I had worked at many jobs and now I wanted a career. I knew that I needed something to do in my world of work that I was passionate about. A friend recommended the book Follow Your Bliss by Hal Bennett. Healing and insightful, this self-help book is for people seeking life work that makes their hearts sing.
Why are we in the business we are in? Many would argue it is certainly not for the money. No, we do it because we sincerely want to help people. You know it is easy to love the lovable: children and little old ladies. But we are called to love those who many feel are not so lovable. As Winston Churchill said, “You can measure the civility of a nation by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens.”
In my experience, most adults have no idea of their true talents, no idea of what they’re really capable of achieving. Most adults kind of bump along the bottom; they do something that they feel more or less competent in, things they feel they need to do, but they don’t do it with any great passion or commitment, or any great sense of fulfillment. And yet I also meet people who absolutely love what they do, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. When they discovered this thing, it was a turning point for them.