Monday Mornings

Happy Monday!

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

— John F. Kennedy

Happy Monday!

It’s been awhile, I know. I am finding my way back to writing again, but, more importantly, I’m finding my way back to my purpose.

For me, I can’t have a sense of direction without a vision or without knowing my purpose—why it is I’m doing what I’m doing. Defining the purpose is what drives me on most everything I do, from projects at work to decisions in my life. When I am clear about my purpose, I thrive. I am determined, I am focused, and I am courageous. I am willing to make mistakes and fail because whatever I do or try is in service of that purpose. My purpose becomes my guiding light on any path or direction I take.

I’ve been lost because I lost my sight of my purpose. I allowed myself to believe in what other people thought. I allowed myself to follow other people’s purposes. And the more I did that, the more I lost my purpose and myself.

It’s taken me some time to clear away the self-doubt, push aside the cha-cha, and hear my own voice again. And when I did, I could ask myself these questions and hear my answers:

Why do I write? I write to process life, to process thoughts, and to process feelings. I write to share stories. I write to heal and to offer healing.

Why do I write this blog? I write this blog first and foremost for me. I write it to practice my writing and provide an outlet to keep writing.

That last purpose is really important for me. If I think I am writing for someone else, then my focus is on what other people think rather than what I think. And when I worry about what others think, I’m disconnected from myself. I’m not being truly me, which means my writing isn’t truly me.

It feels really good right now to be reconnected to my purpose. I know I may lose sight of it once in awhile, but I’m hopeful that I’ll always come back to it.

Make it a purposeful week, make it a great week.

 

(Photograph by Aaron Burden.)

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2 comments

I enjoy your writing and missed it. I care what you have to say.

And I really liked the photo/quote I took the road less traveled…

For me, I started feeling directionless a few years ago. I finally realized I defined myself by my 30+ work career. I decided that really wasn’t good. So I started a journey to figure out who I am. Maybe I was always that person but things happen. Life happens. I am slowly figuring it out. It is about the journey.

On a recent flight I sat next to a woman holding a stuffed seagull. I asked it’s name. She told me(a little tough to understand with her Italian accent) about the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I never really heard of it so I read it and found this quote

“You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.”

I haven’t read any of Steven Pressfield but I like this quote.

“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”

Thanks so much Dave! It’s so easy to define ourselves by our careers–I get it. I did that for so long and now that I’m doing my own thing, I sometimes forget how to define myself beyond the job I had.

It’s great that you’ve been on the journey to figure out who you (already) are. It definitely is about the journey, as I am figuring that out too. Good to have fellow journey-ers!

And thank you for sharing the quotes. Quotes always inspire me, and both of those quotes are great. I think the freedom to ourselves is what is sometimes scary–at least for me.

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