(Extra)Ordinary Purpose

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I read a couple of posts yesterday and today that I thought went well together and might provide a little inspiration on Friday morning as we are all eagerly anticipating the end of the day and the weekend ahead.

As y’all know, I have been participating in the Emerson Writing Challenge. Yesterday, the challenge was Inventing the Future. The basic premise was to invent/write your future because we are all capable of deciding, for the most part, what our futures should be.

I immediately thought of that interview question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Ugghh! What I always want to say, “I don’t know, hopefully here with your company and not dreading everyday of work!”

Dan Miller’s post this morning on his blog was about one of Dan’s readers that had commented he is “too busy getting things done to seek excellence” and he’s accepted an “unsatisfying life of lowered expectations.”  With some definite words of wisdom, Dan then wrote, “The key to an extraordinary life may be right under your nose.” In the same vein, Michael Hyatt’s post this morning was about Working for a Bigger Purpose. Hyatt wrote that we can, “make a difference every day and touch the lives of everyone [we] meet.”

In  inventing/writing my future, I do have goals for family and career. However, to me, looking for the (extra)ordinary purpose that is right under my nose in reaching out to the people I meet and interact with on a daily basis is something I have always tried to do and will continue to do in the future. Try being the key word here.

I know there are days when I fail miserably. Especially in my car. Thoughts of, “Why can’t you people just stay in your lane!” And some occasional honking might occur. My plan though, my future, is to get up every day and keep trying to get better at reaching out to others.

So, what about you? What does your future hold?

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About Southern Adventuress

Transplant from California now living in Charleston, South Carolina after getting married in September 2010 to a Southerner. Join me as I reinvent my house on a strict budget, navigate the streets of my city; meet the challenges of pet ownership; and delve into education after institutional learning.

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