October 21, 2008

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October 21, 2008

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Applying Baha’i Principles to Real Life Situations


Susan Gammage

This was written on October 14, which is when this newsletter was scheduled to go out:  Today’s job was finding an audio recorder, so that I could put my voice onto the website.  I’ve been looking for one for awhile, picking people’s brains (thanks Chris and Phyllis!), and finally found one that I think will do the trick.  The web designer promises to have it done in a couple of days, and then I will be able to go through it and make certain that what I asked for is what he delivered; check to make sure the links all work and the shopping cart is integrated with the autoresponder program, and the RSS Feeds all work and . . . are you as puzzled as I am about what this all means?  It’s all a wonderfully exciting learning curve and I can’t wait to see how the pieces all come together.  Stay tuned!

Obviously, it didn’t go out as planned . . .

Alas, the newsletter program I am working with, refused to save any of my changes, so I’ve spent the past couple of weeks trying to figure out why – first I had to delete cookies and cache; and when that didn’t work, I had to install a different browser – Firefox – because it doesn’t like Internet Explorer – then I had to write it in a text editor because it didn’t like Word, then I had to create a template to work from – then finally, finally after countless attempts, I figured out the main problem was that it didn’t accept the Baha’i diacritical marks.  So now I hope it will save and all will be well!

The website cut-off date was October 21st, and I fully expected to be launching the site last week, but alas, that was not to be either!  The website had to be converted from HTML to PHP to make it easier for me to make changes myself (which is a good thing), so the web designer has been busy working on inserting the content this week.  He’s now off for a few days for Diwali, the Hindu festival of Lights.  So I’ll keep you posted on the launch date, but it won’t be for at least another couple of weeks.  Thank you for your patience!

Forming a Vision for Your Next Career Move

Susan Gammage

Did you know that the average person will change careers 7 times in a lifetime?  So it’s natural for people to be considering what they want to do next.  The key is to find one that you really love and enjoy.  There are a thousand career options open to you today, so there is a great chance that you can find a line of work that you can excel in and which also  gives you sustained gratification.

The following exercise will help you to determine your likes and dislikes as well as your career aspirations.

Please take your time in answering the questions, and as you answer, you will start to formulate some conclusions as to what is “right” and what is “wrong” in a career for you.


Identify the key characteristics of your ideal lifestyle – what would they be?  Challenge yourself to think of at least 10.  (i.e. 2 hours quality time with the kids every night, earn $60,000 a year, 30 minute travel time to work, 2 holidays per year, work in a team, etc.)

Does/will your current career allow you to achieve your ideal lifestyle?


What are your likes and dislikes at work? Make 2 lists below.

What activities do you enjoy?

Which activities would you rather avoid?

Does your current job have more likes or dislikes?


What are your key strengths and weaknesses?  (Consider the following: experience, qualifications, training, ability, attitude and knowledge).


Does your current career fit with your personality type? Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Do you like to learn by doing or by thinking and reflecting?

Do you like variety and changes to the work that you complete or do you like routine and certainty?


Describe in as much detail your ideal day at work – what sort of things would you be doing?


Write a sentence or two which includes all of the above ideas, then based on all that you have written so far, determine the ideal career for you.


Research has shown that when you identify a goal and tell another person about it, you’re more likely to carry it out.

To hold you accountable for moving forward, I’d like you to set a goal from this new learning, and post it at the blog: http://bahailifecoach.blogspot.com/2008/10/forming-vision-for-your-next-career.html, and then when you’ve achieved it, I’d like you to post that too.

Are you struggling with this assignment? I’m here to help!  Contact me for a 30 min free get-acquainted session.

Questions and Answers

Susan Gammage


I want to “earn my livelihood by my calling” and I want to stay at home and raise my children.  How can I decide which is better?


“In response to a question concerning whether Baha’u’llah’s
injunction requires a wife and mother, as well as her husband, to work for a livelihood, the Universal House of Justice has explained that Baha’u’llah’s directive is for the friends to be engaged in an occupation which will profit themselves and others, and that homemaking is a highly honourable and responsible work of fundamental importance to society.”   (Baha’u’llah, Kitab-i-Aqdas, Notes, p. 193)

What two questions would you like to ask about how to apply the Writings to your situation?  What do you need help with?  Please send your questions to susangammage@sympatico.ca

Unfortunately I can’t answer each one individually, but I’ll try to answer as many as I can, in these newsletters.

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