“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” — Maya Angelou
I’ve always been an admirer of Maya Angelou. I appreciate her wisdom and the way in which she captured meaning. The quote above is a favorite of mine.
Lately, I’ve focused a bit on reflection—not necessarily about the details of the past but more about how the past has influenced where I am in life now and what I want to do next.
I’ve been thinking about the lessons I’ve learned that can influence my future. With years of work experience, I’ve come to appreciate what I value—to name a few, I value authenticity, hard work, kindness, compassion, learning, and helping others.
What we value influences our happiness and health. We have a tendency to thrive when we are in positions that position us to be use our talents while challenging us to learn and grow.
In my opinion, equally important, is being able to do work that aligns with our value systems and work with individuals who contribute to an environment that fosters mutual respect and appreciation for differences.
As I’m working through a period of reflection and refinement, I’m motivated to ask you to consider your mission. Are you positioned to contribute in ways that are fulfilling to you?
If not, have you considered how you might add activities or make other changes that position you to be more aligned with what you value most? Take time to reflect periodically and think about your mission. Be courageous and make the changes needed to improve your happiness and health.
Make sure each day matches your truth.