This is my first post, so thank you for viewing. For a while now, I’ve wanted to create a blog to share my thoughts through writing– mainly because I can no longer ignore the gnawing voice (and now other people's!) telling me to just do it already!.. and I want to share a process which has been one of the most fundamental exercises contributing to my personal growth. It’s fascinating and therapeutic to explore ones-self through writing and years on, to look back and see your progression into the person you are now. "The unexamined life is not worth living" might be the legacy of Aristotle, but I’ve got to give props to the 18th century philosopher, David Hume, who coined the concept “human bundling” – citing that no person is essentially the same as they were years ago, nor can be defined simply by one trait, but rather, becomes a composite of ideas and experiences they’ve picked up along the way.
That’s a beautiful sentiment that allows a person to be at peace with where they’ve been and hopeful of where they are going. It's been my personal mission for the past few years to pay attention and pay gratitude to my own bundling, and now, I hope to help others pay attention to their own.
YOU ->" So Rach, what's this blog all about?"
There are two main reasons for writing this blog:
1. Share my experience and ideas regarding personal growth and development; and encourage others to pay greater attention to their own. This effort is largely aimed at my age group, but by no means is exclusive.
2. Use this blog as a home-base for my own small consulting business (aptly called UnderCurrent). More information on the biz side below and to come!
YOU ->" So, why this? Why now?"
It’s my passion to help light a spark within people and provide resources and thought-provoking information that enables a person to think more critically of themselves and the world around them. I didn't realize just how valuable this process was until I was faced with one of the most difficult situations in my life: being laid off. Like so many American's, I too was affected by the recession. My loved one, friends, peers and organizations -- all deeply affected.
With such a monumental event occurring in real-time, it was overwhelming to try and get a grip on myself and how to move forward. I credit my previous homework done in personal management to easing some of the confusion, but WOW, was it tested and WOW, did I have a lot of work to do. So, after the shock, sulking, anger and down-right lost-ness started to fade, I took it as an opportunity to get back to my roots -- to the ideas, passions and talents that I cherished, but had moved into the background during the previous years.
I have an extensive background in the development of civic organizations, spanning across non-profits, political and local government. I have always believed that participation in community organizations contributes to a noble, larger purpose and serves as a pillar of American society. While I have been an advocate for community participation, I also strongly encourage personal growth and awareness. Through my exploration of this, I have discovered a new avenue to help ignite a deeper level of personal and civic development: the burgeoning field of positive psychology.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of human strengths and virtues that enable people, communities and organizations to thrive. It focuses upon what is right with people, how to nurture and develop innate strengths and how to increase over all well-being and greater control in life satisfaction. Not only can it do wonders on the individual level, it has the power to transform organizations by adding a whole new dimension of quality and engagement for people and communities being served.
“UNDERCURRENT” is the term for my personal philosophy on life, and means honing in on what our strengths and loves are and allowing them to guide our actions, how we view the world and our place in it. It’s the fabric that weaves our thoughts, interactions and connections to ourselves, others and the world. Simply put -- undercurrent is the reason we keep trying and keep going.
Just think for a moment, if people are feeling encouraged and proud of what value and strengths they possess AND are able to put it to good use, how would that impact the quality of that individual's life? Their relationships? Their work? Their community? Through UNDERCURRENT, it’s my goal to bring these two passions of mine (civic engagement and positive psychology) to the larger public.
Lofty goal! But goals should be big and overwhelming because in them, one finds meaning and purpose. I tend to stand for processes and journeys rather than destinations. It might be difficult to see on surface, but taking personal accountability for how your life is and where it is going is actually more in your control than you may think. Control in this sense is not domination, it is stability and first and foremost, it starts within yourself.
If you're looking for the quick, simple and easy way to sort life out, stop reading this now -- you wont find it here (or anywhere.) Like I said, I stand for processes and journeys and UNDERCURRENT is another path to travel upon. It is my hope and honor that others will be inspired to join me.
As always, take care.