Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Believing in What You Do

After doing some reflections, I think that in the process of getting my degree in Clinical Psychology, somewhere down the road I am losing my faith in the field. It is not that I think it doesn't work - it obviously does and it seems to have helped numerous people in their struggles. However, I just think that, somewhere deep within me, I have begun to question the real value of therapy amongst other things.

This makes me think about the importance of believing in what you are doing, career-wise. It is necessary to look at things with a critical pair of lens, but it is important to be able to say, "I think what I'm doing is valuable" at the end of the day. Perhaps my inability to do that resulted in the digression in my pursuit of education in this field. One leads to another, and here I am, stuck as a Policy Analyst because at the end of the day, I am able to say to myself, "I'm helping people make a wiser, and a more moral, decision".

Perhaps we need to ask ourselves that question more often, to remind ourselves the value of what we are doing, and in order for us to not be distracted from reaching the end goal!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Intuition

I realized that I am a pretty intuitive person. There are times when I cannot really explain the logic behind why I think something is going to go wrong, or when I meet someone and I feel that something is different about him or her. Often, I disregarded this nudging feeling, because after all, it's not good to judge without supporting facts, right?

Wrong. I have learned my lesson. I have learned that it is not about judging. It is about intuition, or gut feeling. Perhaps we are all equipped with this radar that we often disregard because we are so scientific-minded. I'm not saying that it is not good. I'm a scientist-in-process myself, and I believe the importance or empirical evidence. But there are just times, when something is nudging my heart, and I have regretted so many times for not listening to it.

I want to learn to be more sensitive to that nudges. I want to sharpen my intuition. I think that I have come to believe that science + intuition may be more powerful than one of them standing alone.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Responsibility

Maybe I'm too harsh with people, but I sincerely believe that no matter what you face in life, you have to deal with things responsibly, especially when it comes to your work.

Imagine a situation where a man working in an office received an emergency phone call about his wife that has passed away due to a car accident. Sure, I sympathize with him, and he deserves all kinds of understanding, love, and compassion. It is never an easy thing to lose a loved one, and a sudden one at that. It is heart-breaking and terrifying.

However, I still believe that the man has to finish up the pile of work on his desk. So the man can do 2 things: 1) suck it up and finish up the work, or 2) ask for help from his colleagues, talk to his boss, try to extend deadlines, etc. Either way, something has to be done so the work is still completed somehow, because time waits for no one. It will not wait for the man for the day when he is finally able to accept the death of his wife.

Is it really that difficult to be responsible when it comes to work and life? I have a feeling that people nowadays are not taught enough about responsibility, but learned too much about rights, for example using law to exert the right that ought to be ours. This kind of attitude seeps in to other aspects of life, and the sense of responsibility is lost.

Every little thing adds up, and that sense of responsibility will build our reputation of trustworthiness and reliability in times of need. Let's all live our lives with a more responsible attitude.