Meaning, Value, Purpose: Key Ingredients to Life Work Decisions

Stephen D. Thompson, Concepts to Action; Ken H. Hamilton, H.O.P.E.

As counselors and educators, our work involves helping other to become whole and to be healthy. Each of us is a – “a once sung song” – “a once read poem” – “a once danced dance” – a once sung song.” The present moment is the only time there is. It is up to us to use it. HOPE Groups, Soul Circling, and LifeWork Imaging constitute work that engages individuals to recognize that their lives have meaning, value, and purpose. This presentation takes the best from each approach and creates a model and process for helping individuals with their LifeWork decisions.

We begin by asking these four questions: Who are you?

  • Who are you>
  • Why are you here?
  • How are you going to get what you came for?
  • What are you going to do with it when you have it?

Stephen D. Thompson , M.Ed., Career Development Consultant, Concepts to Action. Stephen Thompson is a life-long career educator, served as Maine’s State Career Education Coordinator from 1978 through 1982. From 1984 until 1996, he worked as part of the team that brought Maine’s Career Information Delivery System from its infancy to a statewide network that included public schools, higher education, vocational rehabilitation, and employment and training programs. In 1996, Stephen became the Managing Editor for Chronicle Guidance Publications in Moravia, New York. In the year 2000, he returned to the State of Maine working in several professional capacities. Now retired, Stephen is working on a variety of projects including the expansion of HOPE Groups throughout the State of Maine, the Maine Farm Family Journal, and designing a web site that includes storyboarding and other strategies that will help organizations bring concepts to action.

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