Being nudged professionally is a blessing and a challenge. I love the excitement of new ideas—the “Oh man, I’ve never thought about that before!” or “Wow! I want to try that out!” Seeing things on Twitter, reading other people’s blogs, talking with colleagues…all of these push my thinking. But sometimes, it can become overwhelming. I want to try everything, perfect everything, utilize everything.
But today, I need to take a deep breath and remember the question: What is my purpose for ______? When the waves of amazing ideas crash over me, threatening to drown me, I return to purpose.
Okay, maybe it means I won’t be trying out that new anecdotal system this week. Maybe it means I won’t be using that incredible website tomorrow. Maybe it means I won’t be implementing that structure with my book club when we meet on Tuesday. However, depending on purpose, maybe I will. That’s the beauty of this particular lens. Purpose brings clarity and helps me plan and prioritize.
So, deep breath. What’s my purpose?
Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana, and Betsy at Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!