My week started with the funeral of my friend John. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that he was a kind and generous man. More than that though, over the course of the day I met many people who had wonderful stories of him, of his sense of mischief, of the pleasure he took in travel and adventure and of his insatiable appetite for learning. He truly was a man who could be said to have lived the breadth as well as the length of his (tragically short) life.
It was Socrates who said that “the unexamined life is not worth living” and John certainly examined his life. Many of the mourners spoke of John’s search for meaning and purpose in his own life and helping others in their own quest. I’ve written extensively on the importance of living by one’s values and yet John’s death was still a call to arms for me. To go beyond values and rethink my “purpose”.
Purpose – noun “the reason for which something exists or is done, made,used, etc”. (Dictionary.com)
I’ve taken a look at Project Libero, the work I’m engaged in – coaching, some facilitation and a dash of mentoring – and what the purpose of that work is. So far so good but let’s look a little closer (as I did after some probing questions from @approachmarket and @stirthesource – thanks ladies)
- The website needs an overhaul and I’ve spoken to a great digital artist about sorting out a proper logo to anchor my vision in clearer, more compelling images for you all. (I think you’re going to really like what he’s doing with it).
- I’ve been alluding to it on twitter and with friends but I can confirm that I have actually started writing the book. I’ve written a chapter thus far, it will definitely need some editing but it’s underway. Wish me luck!
- I want to work more in the area of people’s health and wellbeing so I’ll be expanding that part of the business. Which is actually much more what I had in mind when I started the business and much closer to my original “purpose”. How easy it is to get sidetracked eh?
So that’s the 3 point plan, but hey, this isn’t all about me, this is about you too. What’s your purpose? What do you want to do? What vision do you have for your life? Oh and remind me again, when will you be making a start on it?