A generous vision

A Practitioner Note from Camille Freeman. Get the next practitioner note in your inbox.

December 29, 2022

I'm back from a week away from work and email (if I owe you a message, I'm catching up as quickly as I can, which is not that quickly 🙈)

Over my break, I read The Practice, by Seth Godin. Enjoyed pieces of the content, but found it a bit disjointed as a whole. Still, I'm glad I read it.

Here's a quote from the book that spoke to me: 

Go too far to please the audience and you become a hack. Lose your point of view, lose your reason for doing the work, become a hack. Focus only on the results, become a hack. On the other hand, if you ignore what you see and simply create for yourself, you’ve walked away from empathy. If there is no change, there is no art. The professional understands the fine line between showing up with a generous vision and showing up trying to control the outcome.

I love the last bit about showing up with a generous vision v. trying to control the outcome. I think this is where many of us get stuck in describing our practices and the work we do.

We can't control the outcomes our clients will experience, but we can come into the work with a generous vision.

I've noticed that this generous vision is often missing or isn't specific/clear, especially when people are just starting their practices.

This book has inspired me to do some thinking on what kind of generous vision I'm bringing to my work and whether/how I'm articulating this to clients.

Here's to a smooth 2023 filled with the best kinds of adventures ♥️



About Camille Freeman, LDN, RH (she/her)

Hi there! I'm a clinical herbalist and licensed nutritionist specializing in fertility and menstrual health. I run the Monday Mentoring community of practice and also offer continuing education programs for highly-trained herbalists and nutritionists (Check out this year's Deep Dive!). I'm also a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, where I teach physiology, pathophysiology, and mindful eating.

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