There is an old adage, often attributed to Confucius, that when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. Over my career, I’ve been fortunate to have many of those moments when I get so deep in the flow, I lose track of time and effort.
But, based on my experiences with the BAS-AM program, I’ve discovered there’s another dimension that eliminates the sensation of toil – it’s not just what you do but who you do it with.
Without exception, the talented, dedicated people who are the inaugural SVC BAS-AM program members are building a community and a support network with each other that is moving to witness. I’ve seen folks attend a course they don’t need to attend because they want to be there for their peers. I’ve seen participants console each other as they cope with personal tragedy and family crisis. I’ve seen participants motivate each other when the learning journey has been tough. I’ve seen the group laugh together until tears fell from eyes. I’ve seen people cover for each other and tutor each other. And I’ve been the recipient of an overwhelming outpouring of compassion and caring when I was knocked out for over a week with the flu.
The participants in the program inspire and delight me and when I’m working to support their success, it really doesn’t feel like work at all.