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Let your passion permeate professionalism

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I think people are far too buttoned up in life.

Now, to be entirely clear, I advocate awareness and application of basic professional etiquette. That aside, once you’ve got the basics down and can interact with other people on a sufficiently appropriate level… loosen up. We don’t laugh enough at work. We should laugh. And hug. And, when our colleagues ask about our weekends, we should talk about it genuinely – over lunch rather than hovering over the coffee pot.

I was in a hot yoga class tonight, and as I was holding a pose and otherwise trying to focus on my breathing, a thought crossed my mind: “do yoga instructors find individuals in their classes attractive?”

Initially, the very prospect of this though may seem incredibly unprofessional. Look further, however, and we may realize: they certainly should.

We are all, at our core, real people. We all have biases, emotions, and – yes – chemistry that drive our decisions in life, including our professional paths. When individuals decide to dedicate their lives to being yoga instructors, part of the reason behind that decision is, presumably, an appreciation for the human form. One can only hope that that passion, which brings them to the practice, would endure certification and class schedules.

While we should strive to develop professionalism in our field, we shouldn’t be expected to surrender our initial passion in exchange.

Letting passion trump professionalism makes our work more rewarding; we allow ourselves to operate according to our inner truths rather than the rules by which our work is governed, the former of which is more closely aligned with our happiness.

It’s the doctor who tells her terminal patient: skip the treatment; spend your last few months at a beach home with your children.

It’s the teacher who takes the child of an unhappy home under her wing.

It’s the airport employee who refuses to load an emaciated dog onto a flight. (And gets fired for it.)

It’s everyone who lets instincts trump instruction; who lets their own feelings come to their surface and who surrenders to their need to be human.

It’s all of us, on the inside; it should be more and more of us, in practice.


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