Make our world a happier place
Living with passion sounds frivolous. Yet, we are encouraged to live our life doing what we love. When we live our passion, work becomes more than work—it is filled with joy and excitement, is truly interesting and deeply fulfilling. When we know in our hearts that we are sharing our gifts and talents with others, then we are living our life with passion. Whether it is cleaning, acting, engineering, singing, teaching, medical or holistic caring… when we share what we do with great passion, everyone benefits.
I just had the honor of observing my husband’s journey through a healthcare institution that was created with deep passion and is currently one of the most profoundly respected in the world. The Mayo Clinic was founded based on a passion for helping humanity with a time-tested Primary Value statement that reads: “The needs of the Patient come first. The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered, and in order that the sick may have the benefits of advancing knowledge, union of forces is necessary.” – William J. Mayo, 1910. More than 150 years from when they started, this family’s philosophy lives on in the daily actions of thousands of medical staff that treat patients with great passion, compassion, and care.
Although we arrived in the frozen tundra of Rochester, Minnesota, on one of the coldest days on record with the windchill at -50 degrees, our hearts were warmed by the kindness modeled even by the community that supports the Clinic. From shopkeepers, to van drivers to hotel and restaurant staff, everyone greeted us with warm smiles and can-do attitudes. In the face of a registration mix-up, the hotel staff kindly upgraded us to a lovely suite for our inconvenience. It seems everyone in this city has caught the “passion for care” bug that pervades their everyday life, and, of course, supports their livelihood. Even though we were surrounded by patients with much sickness, the environment was elegant, spacious, technologically advanced, yet peaceful and caring. On this huge campus, there wasn’t a single TV with media hype or negative programming seen anywhere! Only the smiling, caring, efficient staff that went out of their way to help everyone. They even have a meditative Spiritual Center complete with labyrinth! I wondered, could this type of humanitarian mentality transition to other communities as well? What if…?
What if the whole country could model this type of positivity? What a wonderful place we would live in. Maybe we should simply start with ourselves. I know that my passion is in helping others however I can with sessions, clearings, and trainings. What if we each found ways to do what we love, even if it is not in our current job? What if we did what we loved on the side as a hobby at first? Just maybe it could turn into a full-time job, like mine did. At first, I learned Reiki and hypnosis to help myself and my young children recover from a challenging divorce. I enjoyed the holistic approach so much that I continued to practice on the side for many years while I earned my living as a corporate medical professional. I was considered a pioneer in the ultrasound field and was deeply involved in my career; however, my fascination with the power of mind–body–spirit became my true passion.
This passion for healing on all levels has taken me down many paths, with my latest passion poured into writing the book, Chronicles of Hope. This is the first in a series that is based on advice from Ancient Ones to help humanity heal itself and our mother Earth. It will be pre-released this month with final publication in early April. These Ancient Ones encourage us to do what we love and share what we do. We are each given unique skills, gifts, and talents to be used to better humankind. Let’s take notes from the Mayo founders’ philosophy and strive to do what we love to make our world a better place, one community at a time.
Until we finalize the website, we welcome you to follow the Chronicles of Hope project at: https://www.loishermann.com/hope/ and join in discussion on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChroniclesOfHopeTheMessages
As this year unfolds, reflect on what gives you joy and make plans to integrate it in your life in some way. I am ever grateful for having gone through the bumps and challenges of pursuing my passion. It has paid off in feeling deeply rewarded to be of service to you. Thank you for allowing me to share my passion.
Blessings of Hope,
Save these Dates:
I am looking forward to sharing insights on Incredible Confidence at the Hollis Woman’s Club meeting on February 13th—please check our website for details: www.LoisHermann.com/Events
For my hypnotist friends, I am honored to be asked to present at the Heartland Hypnosis Conference in April on two of my favorite topics: Inspiring Hope through Hypnosis and Integrating Mind Body and Spirit with Hypnosis. Check out their website for more details. I highly encourage hypnotists to register for this well-known and respected multi-level conference.
My dad was concerned about me and recommended hypnosis as a way to shift my thoughts. I discovered that even though I may be different that doesn’t mean it is not good to be myself. I am now happy that I am me. I feel confident in and trust I will be happy in whatever situation I may be in.
In the sessions with Lois, I was able to change my kind of thinking by going into my past that I didn’t think affected me and it did. Once I understood how my thinking was affecting me, I was able to use my thoughts in a positive way rather than a negative way. The sessions were very calming, and it got easier and easier to relax each session. I now understand why my thought processes have changed and feel happier and more confident than ever.
Carrie F., College Student