By Adriana Adarve – Owner of Adarve Translations
Last week I started attending to a very interesting talk circle series called, “Moving Beyond … Connecting With Our Deeper Purpose In Work & Life,” about our connection with our strong purpose in life and work.
Questions were asked about why we do what we do, what are the talents we have for what we do, what is our driving force, and where we are at the present moment in our life and work.
I have found out that, sometimes, we find ourselves puzzled or surprised when we are asked the reason for doing the kind of work that we do. Occasionally, we might even find ourselves at a loss for words as to how to answer.
Even if I have felt like this now and then, it was interesting to me to observe that at the present moment my reasons for doing what I do are not necessarily obvious to everybody else, and that I have been given a great opportunity to think again about the reasons that drive me to do my work and live the life that I live.
My fundamental reason for being a translator is actually very simply, and, at the same time, fabulous: It is my passion! I have the good fortune of having a passion and of working with it every single day. Languages have always been part of me; I started learning them from a very young age, and what I discovered was simply amazing: Languages bring me closer to people; they allow me to learn many different things, and to discover worlds that I would never be able to discover otherwise.
Living this passion I discovered that I would like to pass it along as well. In order to do this, I called upon two very important talents I possess: The great desire, or love, to exercise the privilege and honor to help bring people together, and the way to do so with pride and compassion.
It is a characteristic of human beings to want to learn new things each day. We do this by coming together and asking questions, sharing ideas and opinions, exchanging knowledge. But when language barriers stand in front of us, our thirst for knowledge beyond our boundaries can sometimes become somewhat thwarted, can it not?
Love and compassion come into the equation of what I do because I not only love learning and speaking other languages, it is also of great value to me to look at a person who speaks a foreign language and see their relief, wonder and delight once they have been helped to communicate in the local language by an interpreter or a translator. Opening the doors to this communication brings so much joy to the person in question, so much relief in some cases or circumstances, that that is all I need to know that what I do, why I do it, and how I do it is more than enough to fulfill my life and the lives of those I help each day with my skills and talents.
Running a translation agency for the mere purpose of producing materials in other languages and making good profits is very important in itself. However, running a translation agency for the purpose of helping people communicate and see the language barrier to knowledge and fulfillment come down and enrich people’s lives is, to me, a greater and more important driving force.
So, how about you? Do you know why you do your kind of work?
Adriana Adarve, Asheville, NC
About the Author: Adriana Adarve is the owner of Adarve Translations and is fluent in three languages (English, Spanish & French), as well as pluri-cultural, multi-cultural, plurilingual and multilingual.