For years, I have been on the search for my elusive Purpose. Or as our culture today sometimes calls it, my Passion. Both are Big, Scary, Capital “P” words.
I always wanted to be one of those people that knew my Purpose/Passion from a very early age but I didn’t have one. To be honest, it made me sad. To be really honest, it made me feel shame. Shame that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t figure it out OR even more shame that maybe I just didn’t have one.
About a year ago I attended an event and heard Elizabeth Gilbert talk about following your Curiosity to lead you to your passion. She made it sound anything but sad. She likened it to being a hummingbird. Sweet, gentle and delicate.
Before hearing her talk, I described myself as a Wanderer. I started my work career as a CPA in an international accounting firm. I have a Ph.D. in Accounting/Tax and spent 10 years teaching college. I’m a singer/songwriter with 3 albums. I co-owned a recording studio for several years. I was the music director for a national award-winning youth theater and I spent 3 years filming a feature length documentary film. Whew! And I left out quite a few of my pursuits!
While all of that might sound kinda cool to some people, it never sounded cool to me. It made me feel like I was lost and not capable of settling down and pursuing just one thing. The illustrious one thing that everyone says you should find.
But slowly, my hummingbird path of Curiosity helped me see a pattern. I love people. I love it when people SEE the beauty that I so easily see in them. I love being around people that DREAM. I love individuals who aren’t afraid to BELIEVE. So, I did something kinda wild and crazy. I decided to become one of them!
In my current wanderings, I have brought my photography out of the shadows, my art making out of the closet and my voice into the Universe.
So here I am. Exactly where I am supposed to be. Capital “P” Purpose or not. It tastes of freedom.
Sending you love, compassion and strength to pursue your own hummingbird flight to freedom.
About Chalkboard Wisdom
A couple of years ago, I bought a little chalkboard. It’s 3 1/2 inches wide and 8 inches tall. I thought I was going to use it as a grocery list. But then I didn’t.
The chalkboard sat on my kitchen counter. Waiting. Patient. Knowing her true purpose. She wanted to tell me Truths. She wanted me to see, read and learn about life through her simple messages. She wanted to help me discover how to be happy.
Often, not everyday but several days a week, she whispers something in my ear that I know I am to write on the chalkboard. And I do. Always. Without Fail. I trust her and obediently write her words down with the flaky chalk pencil and I usually add a tiny 5-petal flower. 🌸
The words are written for me but I also know that I am to share them. I believe it would be selfish of me to keep them all to myself.
My Chalkboard and I hope you find wisdom in our words that you my carry on your journey. ❤️