Question of the week 10/16/2019

Finding inspiration in everyday life

What is your mission or passion in life?

Over a decade ago my sister started a ministry for homeless women. Her goal was to have personal hygiene essentials that we take for granted such as shower gel, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush, etc., donated. The vision was to have ten women she knew create ten bags to give to homeless women. Whether she knew it or not at the time, she was embarking on her mission, a journey that would not only change the life of some homeless women, but the lives of the women blessed to donate those items. That first year, of what would become an ongoing mission and develop into her passion, she exceeded her number of bags by double. Through the years she and the women she knows, who know other women have provided countless bags, inspiration and love to homeless women in need of hearing that God loves them and sees them. It’s difficult when we are going through a personal storm to feel God’s love, thus, He sends others to embrace us and offer words of encouragement.

I believe we all have a mission in life. Although some people, like teachers, social workers, doctors, scientist, firemen and police officers embrace their mission by stepping into careers. Others spend their entire life running from their mission or treating it like a hobby. Our mission in life is not necessarily something that we get paid to do, but nonetheless something that we feel we are called or drawn to do. Sometimes, our mission transcends into our passion.

For me, my passion is writing and for years I put what brought me joy on the backburner of life. Creativity and character development are things that bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart. Instead I pursued my mission in life, helping others, via being a social worker, consultant and analyst working in the human service field. Although this was my mission in life, it wasn’t necessarily my passion. Some of us, like me, take a little longer to come upon our “Aha” moment when we realize that we can pursue both our mission and our passion simultaneously. I’ve been blessed to have three short stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul. In 2013 I began sending out inspirational quotes of the day which married my writing and my desire to help and motivate others.

What is your mission or your passion in life? Are they one in the same? Join the discussion. What is your mission or passion in life?

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