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‘I don’t even know what to do.’
I was talking to this woman, I’ll call her Rachel, and this was the first thing she said, right after telling me she’d just been fired from her job. Unfairly.
She could recite to me exactly how long she had worked there, down to the weeks and days. It was nearly 25 years.
It hadn’t been her dream job, but it was a job she was committed to, and now she didn’t know what to do. She had all this free time in front of her and wasn’t sure how to take the next step.
Rachel was slumped sideways against the wall, looking so lost, so defeated.
I really felt for her. I can’t even imagine what I’d do after being fired from a job I’d been at for so long.
In the back of my mind, though, it felt like a blessing in disguise.
No, being fired wasn’t fun. What happened to her wasn’t right. But what a great opportunity she had. The world was her proverbial oyster. She could do anything!
I asked her a few questions, and no joke, within fifteen minutes she was in tears, smiling, after realizing and speaking out what her dreams were.
No big surprise to me, they were amazing. Rachel loved working with kids with special needs. She wanted to come alongside families and help care for these amazing children.
I told her this was a brilliant calling and totally doable. Her whole countenance had changed. She was smiling, glowing actually.
The truth was she DID know what she wanted to do. She knew it all along. She just needed someone to help her uncover it and give her permission.
We have so many voices telling us why are dreams aren’t valid. Sometimes we just need the one voice to tell us they are. It’s not that we don’t know what our dreams are. How could we not know? They’re written in our D.N.A.
Our calling is more than what we do. It’s WHO we are. Sometimes we just need someone to tell us our dreams are valid, who we are is valid, and to go for it.
If you’re struggling to figure out what to do with your life, here are the kinds of questions I asked her:
1. What did you enjoy doing when you were a kid? What did you find yourself doing during your ‘play’ time?
For example, one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was create talent shows. I would gather the neighborhood kids and prepare a show. It was the 80s, so we lip-synched to Madonna and Cyndi Lauper I don’t know how many times to my gracious and patient parents. Then, later in my adult life, I was creating theatre events! What can you learn from what you loved doing during your spare time when you were a kid?
2. Imagine you have all the time in the world, a completely open schedule, for one month. You have no obligations. You are completely rested. You’ve been to your favorite holiday destination and have just come back all inspired and ready to go do something amazing. What do you do?
3. If you could change one thing in the world and had all the resources available to do it, what would you change? You never know, you might just be the solution the world has been waiting for!
It’s not that we don’t know what to do with. We actually know. Sometimes we just need a little bit of help and encouragement in finding it.
I am a Creative World-Changer. You are too!
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