I was recently in Memphis, TN and bought my girls voodoo doll key chains. Seems a little odd for someone who believes in God to make this purchase, but it came with a lesson. A reminder actually, “Why do you do the voodoo that you do?”
I’m in the midst of evaluating my personal “why” in life. Oh, I know that I have been designed for a specific function. It wasn’t by accident that I was crafted, placed on this planet to just ‘exist’. Nope, that’s not me. But you wanna know what I find is hard about this task? Hint: It’s why Rick Warren is so right on the money – I [like so many] want to know what my purpose in life is. I’m still searching at 42. I better hurry-up!
There are things that I’m good at – no doubt. But I think I’ve been going about this journey all the wrong way. I’ve been mastering craft after craft and ignoring possible dormant skills which are the REAL reason I was even made in the first place. It’s the voodoo that I do.
When I listen to my friends say they are so unhappy with their job – they are probably not following what they SHOULD be doing or [like me] attempting to master craft after craft in order to find my purpose…my why. Both are the voodoo that we do.
Take some time – some real quality time – and focus on yourself. Do you know what you are good at? It’s not selfish to want to know that – not at all. If you don’t – don’t be bashful – ASK your family and friends. Be prepared for what you hear though too. Growing means stretching and just like my belly blew up when I held a 10 lb. baby boy in it 25 years ago, I have the marks to prove just how much I could stretch!
One really good question my husband asked me this past weekend was, “What matters more to you in your career: using your God-given gifts and talents or making money?” My voodoo needs some new mojo!
Sheryl Brown / @BionicSocialite