It might not be President of the United States, or curing world hunger. It might just be to raise happy, healthy children, share our knowledge of organic gardening, or become more spiritually enlightened.
I’m not an expert in life skills. Is anyone? Or maybe we all are? I believe that we all learn from each other. And I’ve read enough self-help books to fill a library. For me, living with a purpose means that you have a reason to get up in the morning. Something that motivates you to do your best. Without that, we are tempted to let life happen to us, rather than to make things happen. And we most likely wouldn’t be too happy with the results! So it doesn’t really matter how big or small it is, as long as it works for you.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my purpose, my “why”. Personally, my focus has always been on making sure that my children got a good start in life. They had a stable home. Despite the fact that their father was not there for them, I made sure that they had a positive, structured environment, and knew how very much they were loved. I think that worked out pretty well! My children are all well-adjusted, happy, healthy (for the most part) adults.
I never really had a purpose professionally, except to support my family, until I went into business for myself. Over the years as I’ve thought about why I love doing web design so much, I realized that I get a kick out of hearing a client tell me that they have new clients who found their website because I optimized it for the search engines. That truly brings me joy! As a Director for BNI, I have spent many hours coaching business owners on practical and effective ways to grow their business. That’s very rewarding as well, seeing them practice what I teach them, resulting in more referrals for their businesses.
So it’s no surprise that when it came to defining a purpose for Two Grannies on the Road, I immediately saw that it was an opportunity to reach even more business owners and help them achieve their own purpose, goals and dreams.
We spoke with a 59 year old woman from Rhode Island who had been laid off. She was having a hard time finding employment. She also had a project that she wanted to do involving the arts, but she felt that she would never be able to do it on her own, and wasn’t sure how it could ever turn into a source of income. She was referred to us by a mutual acquaintance.
Ginny and I talked to her about how we went about creating an advisory board of sorts to help us. We encouraged her to seek out the support of like-minded people who could help her. By the end of our conversation, she was excited and could see how she might actually be able to fulfill her dream. She’s taking action steps to follow through now.
The gratification that we both felt, knowing that we had helped her, was beyond belief.
This is why I want Two Grannies on the Road to be successful!