Thoughts and such like.....
I've been reading a lot about purpose in recent months; Simon Sinek calls it our 'why'. How does one find one's why? What does knowing your why/purpose/cause do for you? Why, (sic) do you even want to?
In a nutshell, what do you care for? What gets you up in the morning? How important is it to you, and how can you incorporate it (maybe more) into your daily life?
One book on purpose that I love is, Life on Purpose, How living for what Matters most Changes everything, by Victor J. Strecher. https://www.amazon.ca/Life-Purpose-Matters-Changes-Everything/dp/0062409603/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520378140&sr=8-1&keywords=life+on+purpose It's easy and thoughtfully written, beginning with Dr. Strechers' own story of tragedy and loss, and how that event shaped his thoughts on his own life and how it helped him move forward.
One of the greatest gifts we have as we age is time. Time to think, and work on what matters to us most, time to indulge in travel, hobbies or a new career. However, often we find ourselves fumbling in the dark, how do we start? Are there rules? Actually no, at this time in our lives, why should we look for rules, this is the time to create - think big and do what we want. It can also be a time to think about doing good in the World.
Today I work as a coach, working with individuals and groups in transition, I love working with people who understand the value of investing in themselves and want to make a difference. Being solo entrepreneur also allows me to do work that touches my heart in a program called CoachActivism. This program began in 2016, its purpose is easy to understand, and its impact is growing. CoachActivism recruits professional coaches from around the World to donate their time to provide free coaching to volunteers working in refugee camps in Greece, Portugal, and hopefully this year, Italy. The steering committee is comprised of a number of individuals, from Greece, Portugal, China, Italy and me, in Canada. We provide training to our coaches in a number of areas, including: managing boundaries, helping a traumatize population, and team coaching just to name a few. Coaches are matched with their clients and provide six hours of free coaching. The coaches too are given free supervisory coaching to ensure they are not affected by the work they do, and the stories they hear from their volunteer clients.
We ask the clients, the coaches and supervisors to reflect and evaluate the program each year, and this allows us to tweak and improve it. The work has an enormous effect on each of the client volunteers and is growing each year. The World forgets, headlines from a few years ago fade and yet the number of refugees and migrants grows. I cannot imagine fleeing my country because of war, or hunger or because I hold views that are contrary to my country's ruler. This work fills a space in my heart - I value the fact that thanks to those that work with me, I am able to do it and I have a goal that as my business grows, I will be able to contribute financially to this work.
Think about your purpose - how do you contribute to the world? What does it feel like when you are able to see how you make a difference to your community, your World?
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