Got purpose?

Published 10:08 am Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kate Sholonski and David Larson pose for a photo.

Vitality Center  to hold workshop

As part of a continuing effort of the National Vitality Center, area residents are invited to attend a two-evening life purpose workshop next week aimed at helping people live happier, healthier lives.

Life purpose coach David Larson of Albert Lea said people who have a clear sense of purpose are happier and more relaxed.

“We’re looking at why we’re here on the planet,” Larson said. “It’s not just an accident we’re here. We all have a purpose.”

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The workshop, planned for next Tuesday and Thursday, will be at Bethany Hall in First Lutheran Church.

People wishing to participate should sign up through Albert Lea Community Education. The workshop is free, but people are encouraged to apply by Monday.

Larson, together with life coach Kate Sholonski of Pennsylvania, will present the workshop. They said they have a series of fun, interactive activities planned and will share values to help people live the fullest lives they possibly can.

“What I’m hoping they will experience is to possibly even be surprised about some of the things they learn about themselves,” Sholonski said.

She said some people have a large burden on their shoulders when they ask themselves “Why am I here?” or “What is my purpose?”

The workshop is designed to help people figure out the answers to these questions and then incorporate those answers into their lifestyles.

“This has the potential of being life-changing for them if they choose to continue practicing the things we are encouraging them to practice,” she said.

Larson said people who attended previous purpose workshops with the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project are also encouraged to participate. He said there will be new activities and new instructors.

Adults of all ages are invited to attend.

“It’s a great opportunity because how often do you have the chance to go to an event that’s likely to transform your life in a positive way,” he said. “It’s a rare opportunity.”

Sholonski said most people are always looking out for what they can do for other people — whether its through their work or family responsibilities. She encouraged people to take the chance to do something for themselves instead by attending the workshop.

“It’s a real gift for themselves,” she added. “And in turn it’s a real gift for everyone around them.”

The event is being sponsored by the National Vitality Center’s leadership team, Triumph Leadership Training, Alpha Orthodontics, Institute for Wellness, Mayo Clinic Health System and Tri-State Tax.