At 7:40am this morning, I got in the car to make a familiar drive – to my old job. Since leaving my position there, I’ve been asked to serve on the committee for one of the events I formerly managed. Hesitant, but hopeful, I agreed and it’s been a generally good experience so far. This morning, however, made it great. Driving there, I had a bit of deja vu driving to St. Paul this morning – a route I’d taken many times, a building I’d walked into many times, a group of co-workers I miss daily. But beyond that, there’s something else I remembered while I was there: my life’s work is for a purpose.
I’ve told hundreds of people what my eventual goal is in my life. I want to change the portrayal of powerful women in business in the media and social understanding so that young girls will be empowered to succeed. I believe with all my heart that young people do what they see, not what they’re told.. And while our generation has been told over and over again we can do anything we want to do and be anything we want to be, clearly girls don’t see it when only 3% of CEOs in the Fortune 500 are female and only 16% of our nation’s congress members are female.
Today, sitting in a women’s organization, with a group of women I love and respect, talking about the power of women and how to engage them philanthropically, I remembered my life’s purpose. I took a position in social services to expand my own skill set, and I absolutely love my job – but I can’t forget my purpose, either. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to stay committed to my life’s work with my former employer, while still exploring my own ambition and happiness with my new employer. It’s the best of both worlds and I am so glad to have the opportunity.
So get involved. Remember what your purpose is and exercise it whenever you can. Don’t wait until you forget it and have to remember.