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Friday, July 18, 2014

Passions and Purpose: Putting it all Together

As I mentioned in my last post (and you may have inferred based on the random topics I blog about) I am a dabbler.  I dabble in this and I dabble in that, and I have a hard time sticking to one thing for a long period of time.  If I have an afternoon without planned activities, I’ll fill it by dabbling – a little furniture painting, a little reading, a little gardening.  And I dabble on a large scale, too…I taught for 4 1/2 years.  I had 3 different positions during that time.

In my leadership class, we’ve been working towards identifying our “Leadership Life Purpose.”  We started with our passions, and I thought I had it figured out that day.  But, surprise, surprise!  The next time our class met, I was feeling passionate about something else!  And the next time, yet another passion had surfaced.

I guess it’s possible that I haven’t found my true passion, but you don’t have to spend a lot of time with me to know that I get pretty darn excited about a lot of different things.

As we dug deeper into ourselves – our passions, our gifts, and the legacy we want to leave behind, I was at odds. Should I focus on being a leader in this area of my life? or that one?  How should I spend my time and energy? There are just too many amazing choices in life!

I felt overwhelmed.  Overwhelmed by the choices available to me. Overwhelmed by my passions. Overwhelmed by my obligations.  The number of things I thought I could do or should do were too many to count.

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And then, I had a moment of clarity.  I don’t know how it happened, or what prompted it, but suddenly, I knew how all of my passions and gifts fit together and were meant to be used.

My purpose right now, the framework narrowing my choices and focusing my energy is this:

Build a better world for my children and through my children.

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That’s it. Everything else falls under that umbrella.  If it doesn’t, it’s not important. It can wait.

I’m still figuring out what exactly this means for my life.  But so far, I’ve been amazed at how I can apply this mission statement towards everything from cleaning my house to how we spend a Saturday night. And as we move forward and new challenges and new opportunities present themselves, it is comforting to know that this guiding principle will help me make decisions about what is to come.


  1. Great post! What better purpose than to build a better world for your children and through your children? I'm pretty sure you'll look back 20 years from now and know you focused on the right things.

  2. Great post, and great purpose!