During a recent conversation with a good friend, I had an AHA moment. You know the moment when you realize what your purpose is? Or at least you think you do!!
As I get closer to my 6th Anniversary with Thirty One, I wonder how is someone’s life better because they crossed my path? Why now? Because I love to inspire, encourage and do things for others to make them smile. Hubby said “you should have married a wealthy man so you could just do what you love – helping others without having to worry about bills or money.” Would I change my life – NEVER. Although I do want to fulfill my purpose.
So, do you know why are you here? I don’t mean right this second, I mean in the BIG picture. The why are you here on this planet at this time, born into the family you were born into, with your unique gifts and talents, with your experiences? There is indeed a reason we are here. I struggle with the answer sometimes.
Many would call this our purpose or our mission in life. We all have one. For many years (okay most of my career) I defined myself as my job. I was a Social Worker, and a single mom. As time passed, I became a wife and a “retired” Social Worker. The truth was there was more to my purpose on this planet.
My deepest desire is to discover my purpose and live it. When I get to the end of my life, I want to be able to say, “Mission accomplished”? My mission gets fuzzy, what about you? I tend to feel lost, despite the rest of the world thinking I have it all together. I have been blessed with awards and honors not only in my previous career, but also in my pink bubble yet I long to know if I am really making a difference. Not necessarily a huge footprint on the world but just in each person’s life I come in contact with every day. External accolades of success are wonderful, but some times there is an empty place in your soul longing for true fulfillment. The true fulfillment comes when you are living your purpose.
So, can you answer this one question? “How is someone’s life better when they cross your path?” Without a lot thought and hunting for what you think the answer should be. Don’t spend hours analyzing it – just answer from your gut.
We are all here for a reason – leaving the world a better place is our purpose. The fun part is we get to do this by using our own uniqueness – our gifts, strengths, passion and experiences. Your mission does not have to be unique. You do not have to be the ONLY person in the world with your particular mission. The difference is you are the only one who can accomplish it the way you can.
God placed people in our lives who we are uniquely able to impact. They connect with you. They are around you. They are impacted by you. I was blessed this past weekend to see this in action. I was at an event, sharing the gift of Thirty One when I began talking about Thirty One Gives and Girl Talk. This wonderful woman explained how her school could use this program. I have always wanted to start a Girl Talk Chapter BUT have always hesitated thinking it was beyond my gifts and talents. God opened a door and I am running through it.
I’m not the only person whose mission is to encourage struggling women to live fulfilling lives. For some reason, right now, something caused us to connect. Whether it be to let you know you are not alone? Or to make you smile.
In this moment, I get to live out my mission. I challenge you to write your purpose in one simple sentence. Answer the question:
How is someone’s life better because they crossed your path?
Thank you for letting me continue to share my strengths, hope and experience with you in the hope it sill make a difference to you or someone you know.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!