The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi
If you had a chance to read Sunday’s post, Discovering Your Purpose, you’ll have noticed that each of the three linked articles outlines a different process to help you identify your purpose. Whichever approach you choose to follow, Constantino’s, Harary’s, Held’s, or another one entirely, the common thread between all of them is action. At some point in your journey, the first step has to be taken. What might it be?
Hypothetically, let’s say your passion is books (like mine), but beyond knowing that, you’re not sure how that could ever evolve into a purpose. So, you have to look closer. What, exactly, about books makes you so passionate?
- Is it reading? Are you passionate about literacy, about the value of public libraries and community spaces? Do you like the idea of volunteering in schools as a paired reader, as a fundraiser for books and literacy programs? Do you want to work in a library, with school groups, in programming, with ESL learners, with seniors?
- Is it the written word? Do you believe in the beauty, and the power of language. Do you value well-written communications? Are you a writer? Do you want to be? Do you want to share your skills with individuals who may have missed out, or use them in aid of a particular cause?
- Is it the book itself? Do you love the art and craft that went into creating the finished product: the selection of paper, the type face, the illustrations, the dust jacket? Maybe, it’s the package in its entirety, it’s historical value? Do archives, museums, historical sites, and special collections libraries interest you? Or how about bookbinding, printing, or book arts?
One of the best ways to figure out the details, for whatever your passion, is to volunteer. It will cost you nothing, except your time. You’ll have the opportunity to meet like-minded people, to learn more about your particular interest, and how you can help it flourish. Almost all organizations, associations, community groups, not-for-profits, and charities, etc. consider volunteers to be one of their most valuable assets.
In Constantino’s article, he said there are three questions to ask: What do I love? What am I good at? What does the world need? Right now, the world needs just about everything.
~ Debbie MacLeod
The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.
Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!