By Kim Hanna, Class 27
Economic Vitality, City of Scottsdale
The Class 27 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s core program. The program informs, inspires and empowers leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community. Scottsdale Leadership is an Arizona Leadership Program.
Did you ever do something out of obligation? Or for a paycheck? Or only because someone asked you to? But…your heart really wasn’t in it? If your answer is “yes”, as mine was, I bet you were not as effective as you would have been if your heart and soul were “all in!”
Through the Scottsdale Leadership journey, I’ve been exposed to a lot of community issues and needs. The wide ranges of well-deserving people and causes have actually begun to overwhelm me…Until Leadership Academy day!
The panel discussion moderated by Ted Taylor, Family Promise, changed everything for me. Ted led our class through a discussion that focused on finding a cause that we believe in—he asked us, “What cause is of meaning to you?”
Then Pam Gaber, Gabriel’s Angels, reminded us of the saying, “When you love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.” Now it’s time to queue the music of one of my favorite songs by Jason Mraz, Everything is Sound, which includes a line “…you don’t need a vacation when there’s nothing to escape from…” Now, that’s pure wisdom in my book!
But wait…there’s more from Pam. The next thing she said was something magical. She said finding your passion depends on who you are on the inside. When you hear about “it”—there’s a fire in your belly. When you read about “it” and for 15 minutes the world stopped…you know you’ve found your passion.
I know I am passionate about camping, hiking and cooking! So much so, that I started a blog about “it” www.CampingForFoodies.com. But—how do I turn my personal passion into a leadership passion which will benefit the community? Just like Pam did with Gabriel’s Angels! Pam loved her animals so much that she was willing to share them with others to improve their lives. The Gabriel’s Angels mission: To deliver healing pet therapy to at-risk children, nurturing their emotional development and enhancing the quality of their lives forever.
What I realized is the power of taking your passion and sharing it with others in unique and creative ways is far more effective and meaningful than just assisting with a demonstrated need with which you have no personal or emotional attachment. With my passion I can teach kids how to appreciate nature, eat healthily, exercise in fun ways respecting and learning about the environment, budget for trips, build confidence cooking delicious meals, learn photography and appreciate the art form. And…so…much…more!
Many of us are blessed with an abundance of time, talent and treasure. Fewer of us are willing to share our gifts with others. The best return on God’s investment in us happens when we give our gifts away. You will increase your enjoyment of your passion by experiencing others experiencing your passion. So, don’t be afraid to let go because, just like a boomerang, your passion will come flying back to you.
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