When we set priorities in our lives on how to spend our time, whether it’s work, personal or emotional, so many distractions can get in the way. But sometimes it’s not only distractions. There may be a project or mission you have been working on, which has built a life of its own. You are good at it, and it’s successful. It’s easy to stay in that comfort zone, rather than venture out into something new. But what happens when you get the nagging feeling that your path has changed? What you are doing has served you in the past, but now your purpose has grown as you have.
Asking where you are needed now might help you soothe those nagging thoughts.
My purpose of bringing hope has been brought to others in many different ways over the years. I have written fiction books that soften the harshness of reality and inspire others to fight for what they believe in. I have written a non-fiction book that honors young adults who never gave up. I teach the art of writing fiction and journaling to open people’s worlds to possibilities.
The creation of Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation was a manifestation of two parents’ grief and the need to help others emotionally and financially. That need is still there. 90 children each year are newly diagnosed and over 900 each year come back for treatment and checkups just at The Melodies Center in Albany Medical Center. The need for the foundation is there, but where am I needed within or outside the foundation?
What comes up for me is writing techniques that I share with others on how they can heal and become self-aware through journaling. Person to Person connections. That is where I thrive and as more people struggle with illness, a lost sense of purpose, and pain, that need grows even stronger.
I have taken a windy path to this road, and I couldn’t have gotten to this level of awareness and ability without my previous experiences. Plus, that nagging feeling goes away for me when I accept the truth of where I should be. It doesn’t mean that I am leaving what I am doing. But it does mean that I am shifting my role. The best way I can serve others is by following my purpose. It hasn’t steered me wrong yet.
Where are you needed? Write about it and connect to what you feel when you are writing. Your gut knows you better than anyone. Listen to it and follow your path.