How do you want to be when you grow up?

December 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How often would you have been asked, “So, what do you do?”

Ever hear when you were a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I would imagine that we could all identify with this style of questioning within our interactions over the years. Whether it be from within our families, friendship or community circles, or the external messages that we hear, a focus on the what can be very common. This focus sees us placing an inflated importance and value on the destination, the positions or labels attained instead of honouring and celebrating the how. How is the way we navigate our journey, regardless of where we find ourselves or what we are doing. It is the way we use our daily thoughts, words and actions to deepen connection to and make a difference for self, others and the world around us.

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Roy Goodman

Earlier this year I read a headline in the paper that really resonated with this theme. It read, “It’s good to aspire, but know what you’re aspiring to.” We can be bombarded with misleading messages that impact our thoughts, words and actions around the what, what we should be, have, do, experience, look like, be afraid of and the list goes on. When the lens we view and interact through is fixed here we can drift into thinking that only when we achieve a certain ‘destination’ will we be worthy, accepted, valued or enough. Choices can reflect ‘the ends justify the means’ as authentic connection, contribution and aspirations get devalued. Growing our awareness and appreciation for the purpose and intention of the messages we engage with and the simple daily thoughts, words and actions that can positively impact our own or others lives, assists individuals as we explore the possibilities, discover our potential and act authentically.

“What I know for sure is that it’s only when you make the process your goal that your big dream will follow.” – Oprah

As I am writing this weeks post the news of Nelson Mandela’s death is being felt all around the world. I, like so many within our global village, have been inspired by how he navigated his journey and the difference that he was able to make for self, others and the world around him. There are so many quotes of Nelson Mandela’s that I reflect on regularly. This one below reminds me that we are all human and imperfect but each day provides new opportunities to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world’.

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” – Nelson Mandela

So as the weekend starts here is one of my favourite short videos that reflects on how we can choose to navigate our individual and shared journey. I hope you are apart of throwing and receiving the kindness boomerang as we communicate as individuals and groups through what Gandhi said, “My life is my message”.

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