I was watching Oprah and I was inspired to write! The show was on people who quit their jobs to go pursue what they love. For example, there was this woman who left her job as a Vice President of a bank to become a trampeze artist because she was miserable as a VP. She took a 90 percent paycut, but she said she was happier. She said she did not realize that making less money, but doing what she loved would change her life.
Oprah had a “specialist” on the show who said something interesting about how if we view our careers as a “purpose” instead of a job we would be happier. I have to agree with that because as a teacher I see it as my purpose in life to make a difference in the lives of my students. What happened today just reaffirms that belief. One of my former student from last year came to visit me after school and he said kids were talking about me and saying how I was their inspiration. He said my students from last year was telling other people in the class how I would motivate them to do their work and how they looked up to me. Of course, I was touched my their devotion, but what really made me euphoric was the fact that I was the reason they love school and learning. I truly feel that I am fulfilling my purpose in life by helping my students and those in need which includes family, friends, and even strangers. If I could steal a book title for the story of my life it would be called, The Purpose-Driven Life which is an actual book by Rick Warren.
I definitely can agree with Oprah that “being significant first to ourselves, then to our family and then to the world” is an important goal and purpose. She believes that once we do that, think of others and then help, everything good in life will come to us in due time. Our life should be purpose driven. In order for that to happen we must first be happy within oursleves. We have to value ourselves enough to be able to do what’s right and what’s going to make us happy. If we are unsatisfy with our own lives, we can not expect to make a positive change and impact to our family and world. We are all an instrument of change good and bad. The magnificence of it is that we have a right to decide our own course in history.
” Be significant! Be daring! But above all, always be you.”