Footsteps in Faith: God gives us courage to follow our hearts

| August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Theodore Philippe Valcourt
30th Signal Battalion, 516th Sig. Brigade, 311th Sig. Command

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Finding our purpose or doing what we are passionate about isn’t always easy.

For most, including myself, finding ourselves is a work in progress.

We often ask the questions “What is my purpose?” and “Why am I here?” As we search for meaning, we begin to look at our lives, our relationships and our legacy.

To live a passionate or purposeful life, one must be willing to take risks, recognize talents and seek inner peace.

Some of us are willing to change our career paths to pursue what we believe is our calling or purpose. Others play it safe and may struggle with feelings of remorse as they continue to live uneventful lives.

Life is short, and we must decide which direction we will travel in. The immortal words of “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost, remind us that the choice is ours.

He says, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

We are dreamers, but life can sometimes push us in a different direction.

Children choose their future profession based on what appeals to them. They often want to be an astronaut, a Soldier, a police officer or a superhero. As we grow up, we still dream. Some of us would love to teach, join a rock band or earn the prestigious U.S. Army Ranger Tab.

Finding your passion and following is so important.

Live your life so that you do not have regrets. The Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “In all things, we must consider the end.” We must ponder the questions “What are you passionate about?” and “What do you spend most of your time wishing you were doing?” or “What can’t you stop thinking about?”

What we are preoccupied with, in most cases, will relate to what we are passionate about. It’s very difficult to conceal something that means so much to you.

If you love the military, you have no problem maintaining warrior skills, being proficient with your military occupation specialty skills, performing duties, staying physically fit and being able to adapt to the challenges of serving and leading.

Loving what you do is synonymous with passion. Recognize your passion and talents, and they will serve you well. Consider what makes you happy. Doing so will help you ascertain your purpose and gain confidence in your abilities.

Passion and happiness are often interlinked. Many people cannot find one without the other, or find inner peace without both.

 

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