22 February 2012

Word of the Week - Avocation


Events in my own life and those of some special people close to me, have given me pause to ponder the concept of vocation vs. avocation and what it means to truly love the work you do.

For many, the nature of work is just that, a chore or task to be completed, a means to an end.
For others it is a joy, a source of fulfillment and satisfaction, a true life's purpose.

This week I've been blessed with two days work teaching the most delightful little 5 & 6 year olds and next week I get to do an encore visit = yay! 
In between I may have Senior chemistry or maths students, feisty 12 year olds with plenty of swagger or a day of teaching music to multiple year levels.  It's all been within the scope of my experience as a supply teacher who is on a path of returning to fulltime work.

Today I also had a brilliant phone call from a colleague requesting my assistance with the development of an exciting 'Gifted Education' project and I'm very keen to get this rolling - yippee!

I've not been able to work for the longest time and so my appreciation for my vocation and the opportunity to flex my pedagogical muscles has been deep - of course the income has been handy too!

I was only thinking today about the time (not so long ago) when I considered doing something completely different. Something more creative, more collaborative, with flexible hours. A job that enabled me to indulge my hobbies of writing, photography, graphic design, art and colour.
I didn't know exactly what this 'something' was, I just knew that I had a yearning for 'more'.

Then events flipped my world on its head and I couldn't work.
Then there wasn't any work to do.

Now I find that I have a zing in my step when a 'work' day presents itself and I'm full of appreciation and energy for what I know is a vocation that I truly love.

As for that creative, collaborative project, my avocation, my hobby?
This blogging caper ticks both boxes resoundingly and I'm regularly inspired to try new ideas after reading your posts [thank you!].....and who knows where the creative trail may lead.

I like the following which is the final stanza from the poem "Two Tramps In Mud Time" by Robert Frost which you can read in full here....

But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For heaven and the future's sakes.

In doing research for this post I came across the following information that made me think about the universal experience of 'vocation' and 'avocation' and how sometimes a person's avocation is the thing that orbits them towards fame or better still, deep fulfillment.


So there you have it, our word for this week 'avocation'.
I'd be tickled pink if you used it to 'zhush' up a post. 
I'm sure it could prompt some interesting discussion on your blog.

Happy day!

28 comments:

  1. It's wonderful to hear that your vocation has great news to tell us in your avocation space! Um... yes!

    I would like to make my avocation my vocation. Someday, somehow, I will!

    x

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    1. I have no doubt about it Bron - you are an achiever of dreams.

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  2. I've had the privilege of my avocation becoming my vocation, but then I needed a vacation from both for a little recreation. :-)

    Beautiful post, Felicity!

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    1. You always know how to make me smile Michael...let's hope that recreational vacation appears soon.

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  3. So happy you are in a place that makes your heart sing F! I can see you with the wee ones and making the sassy teens behave!
    ;-)

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    1. Sassy teens can sometimes be easier than sassy wee ones MM!

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  4. i am glad that you have a new 'zip' in your vocation. :) and are getting lots of time with it these days!

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    1. It's great to be moving forward T -thanks for the encouragement.

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  5. Oh this is something I've been pondering. I have so many interests. I suppose my hobby of visiting flea markets and auctions became my vocation with my 2 Etsy shops but I think there is something more, something different and more passionate I could be doing. I keep thinking it will reveal itself. I know my husband is not even close to marrying the two.
    Wondering what Hedy Lamar invented, going to go google that one :)

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    1. Your energy and passion fairly sparkle Jeanette and I think your Etsy shops are a wonderful start.
      My mind boggles of what your 'something more, something different and something more passionate' could be.
      xx

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  6. Just looked her up - WOW, had NO idea. You are always teaching me new things :)

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    1. She was a sparkler without a doubt!
      Did you know there was an off broadway play written about her avocational life?
      So glad you pursued this tangent.
      xx

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  7. Hi Felicity what a lovely post & today I read all your blogging friends replies all delightful, I hope my avocation can truly be my vocation, if not at least I can say I am still enjoying my avocation :)
    So pleased you are having good news with the extra school placing thats great, wish Sophie could have you for her maths tutor I am off to google Hedy now I am intrigued. x

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    1. I'm not sure about your vocation Lainey but your avocation is a gift in and of itself - I know, I've experienced it first hand!
      Hope you're inspired reading Hedy's story.
      xx

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  8. I wonder if true happiness
    is when one's avocation IS
    their vocation? How cool would
    that be? I so want my daughter
    to follow her avocation into
    a career, so when her alarm
    goes off in the morning, she
    can.not.wait to get to her job!
    The same goes for my son, of
    course : ) But at 13, he's not
    as focused on future vocation
    as she is!

    xx Suzanne

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    1. Great question Suzanne.
      I wonder if Woody Allen would want to put movie making to the side to become a professional musician, or whether sometimes our avocation and vocation can actually feed each other and provide balance?
      It would be the greatest joy for a parent to know that their child can embrace each day with energy knowing that the work they do is their passion and making a positive difference to the world.

      Happy day Sparkler!
      x

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  9. What a wonderful word!! In fact I have been busy at my own avocation - which I will reveal on my blog in the next couple of days :-)
    Hope you have been well, my friend, while I have been hiding away getting myself better xxxCate

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    1. Ooh suspense - love it!
      Fabulous to know that you've been working at wellness Lovely,
      x

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  10. Great word! I don't think I've come across 'avocation' before ... I think my vocation is writing (if only I could get someone to pay me to do it) ... and I have lots of different avocations, but perhaps blogging ticks all of those boxes for me too.
    xx

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    1. I'm sure writing is your avocation Tracey and the blogging is a wonderful forum to share it forward.

      Happy weekend,
      x

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  11. Lovely post Felicity and congrats on all the work and fulfilment you are getting from it.

    Deb @ home life simplified

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    1. Thanks Deb, it's really energising and that's a HUGE thing for me.
      x

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  12. I'm so pleased to read that your making your way back into the classroom, you were always one of my favourites

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    1. Thanks Jackie and you know your big boy will forever be in my heart as a very special student.

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    2. My big boy has just returned to uni, he is studying Bio Chemistry

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    3. Yay! I'm so pleased to hear it - go D!
      x

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  13. Oh Sweetheart, this is a rarity - you've unearthed a word I don't know. And I will be forever indebted to you as a result. Giving the horns of a dilemma upon which I'm now perched, this post is * so timely for me - thankyou! J x

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    1. A word you didn't know!!!!!
      So pleased that it's now incorporated into your lexicon and at just the right time too.
      Big hug!
      x

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Although I'd love to reply to each and every one, this isn't always possible, but know that I read and appreciate them all.

Felicity x