Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Recognizing Your Purpose



I was getting my hair done some time ago by a family friend and we slipped into a conversation about purpose. Somehow we began talking about our careers and dreams and I told her that I liked my job but didn't love it because "its not my purpose in life". She then responded, "how do you know that its not your purpose". I couldn't quite answer her at the time because I honestly never thought about something not being my purpose. I feel like many people, myself included, spend a great deal of time searching for their purpose and running from what they don't want. However, life has an interesting way of showing that what is for you will find it's way to you and that which is not meant for you will not be. With that being said, I thought about her question a lot in the days and weeks going forward and I've come to realize that my job may not be my grand purpose in life but it is a part of my current purpose. I think that we all have several purposes in life and one purpose will prepare you for the next.

God placed me in my position because He knew I had a lot of learning and growing to do; I think we should always make it our mission to seek new ways to grow and learn no matter how young or old we are. My career has stretched, tested, and developed me in so many ways. I have been forced to leap out of my comfort zone, quickly adapt to change, and assess my mindset. I used to pray for easy days, but I've started to pray for strength to handle whatever comes my way instead of easy. My purpose right now is to learn, grow, and inspire; the experiences I have had in and out of work for the past few months are allowing me to achieve my current purpose. If there is one thing I have learned thus far, it it that we do not grow through ease. We grow through discomfort and difficulty. Your boss does not notice how you handle an easy or routine task as long as you perform it properly, because that is what you're supposed to do. You stand out when you solve problems and improve processes. So the next time you dismiss a situation or try to run from whats going on in your life because you think its not your purpose, I challenge you to ask yourself why not me? Think about what you can learn from your experience and how it can aid your growth. Take that knowledge and use it to help and inspire others. Have faith that whatever you're going through, good or bad, will ultimately help you because it will prepare you for greater purposes in life. Be open to achieving greatness through your purpose!

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  1. Love it Ash! Keep posting. This definitely is truth
    -Laurel 😘

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    1. Thanks love! I'm glad it resonated with you. I appreciate your support!

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  2. Thank you for bravely sharing this. Often times we feel people don't understand our ambition but it's not that they don't understand it's we have a hard time articulating what it is.

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