I am reading Hugh MacLeod’s “Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity” and I am thinking about it from a Mom’s perspective. Really…when was the last time someone asked you, what your life’s goals were? Your life’s dream? Your life’s purpose? (And for those of you living it…CONGRATS….you are in the minority! Keep pushing it forward!)
Now, I do realize that being a Mom is the most incredible blessing a woman can imagine. And there are some woman whose life’s purpose may just be, being a Mom. However, this article is for those woman, who are Moms and also have a little (or loud) voice inside them, asking “what if?” or “what do I want to do for the rest of my life?” or “What gets the fire burning inside of me?” “Why was I put on this earth?”
So really, with all that we have going on, at any moment….when was the last time you even took the time to think about your life’s purpose? I have heard friends say things like “I want to be a race car driver, open my own flower shop, work for XYZ Company, be a college instructor, get my PhD…” and unfortunately Moms are so busy we rarely take time to even THINK about this, let alone talk about it. We need to help ourselves and each other!
I myself am grappling with a new move that would be “going for it!”…and I am scared to death. Luckily I have a husband that just won’t stop challenging me and friends and colleagues who are incredibly supportive and motivating. I am incredibly thankful for my ‘life’s purpose managers!’ As if we don’t have enough to do, right?
Pursing your life’s dream is not easy. It is much easier to keep doing what you are doing, day in, day out. Until one day, it’s just too painful NOT to pursue it! What I have learned so far, is that our calling…our life’s purpose…in addition to being a Mom is not a lighting bolt. It’s a quiet voice that just won’t go away. What is that voice telling you? Do you believe you have a right to listen? Don’t ignore it…it won’t go away until you do something about it! Discuss your ideas with someone that will hold you accountable.
Recruit your ‘life’s purpose’ manager.