Day 2 of the 2021 Empowerment Guide for HSPs. This article by Ane Axford is an interesting one focused on service to others, while balancing our need for growth and harmony within ourselves. Years ago when I was heavily involved in the arts, one of the nagging questions was, so what? What difference does my art make in the world and how does it serve anyone else? Is it a selfish endeavor that is simply self-aggrandizing? Certainly I enjoyed making art but there was a part of me that needed to serve others and I did not, at that time anyway, see a way to make fine art work.
Later, I came to understand that creativity is more than creating art objects; it can be thought of creative thinking that generates ideas, alternatives, or options. That creative thinking is crucial to any real innovation. So, for me, I was able to eventually balance growth and achieve a sense of harmony about how I choose to serve others.
For those who may not know, I am a professor in an education doctorate program at Baker University and serve in that capacity not only as faculty teaching courses but as a dissertation chairman who helps people achieve their own goals and create original research. In other lives, I create books for HSPs and HSS/HSPs, as well as conduct seminars for HS men, HSPs, and HSS/HSPs (one for HSS/HSPs coming up March 13th in fact). HSPs naturally gravitate towards service to others. What could be more fulfilling than helping other people grow and develop as they move towards achieving their goals? Don’t lose yourself in the role. Keep your perspective and find a happy middle ground where you retain your identity, while serving others.
Ane Axford is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in sensory sensitivity. She is also a clinical hypnotherapist. Ane is an early voice in support of awareness of sensitivity and has developed a unique program for sensitive people which uses physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and relational processes to strengthen sensitivity through a model called Sensitive Leadership.Connect with Ane at Sensitive Leadership, her Ane Axford website or her Sensitive Leadership Instagram.
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