Clarity is … daunting at times. Understanding what is truly clear to us can be in fact, a lot of mental toughness. Figuring out how to navigate through the scores of moments, knowing which to choose, knowing which to purposefully ignore, is an emotional task unto itself.

We sometimes question our value in this sea of competitiveness. We jockey for position all along our path of professionalism. Some want, no, some NEED to be the premier go-to experts in the field. Others want to simply practice, or teach, or advance their careers, to raise their consciousness. To find their purpose. To live on a gentler path.

How many of us truly check in with ourselves about how what we do helps others in conjunction with nurturing our own sense of purpose?

It’s a daunting task, to look deep within one’s soul in order to hear our purpose sing to us.

My children always had the same pediatrician. It was with a large teaching hospital, so it was a group practice. Yet we, were blessed with a kind, sweet, funny woman who treated gently, yet championed children as the chief of pediatrics. I didn’t know in the early years; what it must’ve been like for a kid’s doctor. I really liked Dr. Young so when I brought my daughter in for a visit to hear that our favorite doc was leaving, I was disappointed to say the least.

She had decided to go back to school. I don’t know how old she was, but I know she had plenty of money to pursue any such indulgence (the doors close on us as we age… the hope of furthering one’s education relies substantially on our ability to pay out of pocket, or gain favors so that others will).

Her words of wisdom to me? Get out of where I was living. Move to another location. She was older than me by about twenty or so years. She saw a calling for herself once her children were grown. We talked about all the delicious epicurean delights in health and wellness that she’d discovered in Boston that we simply didn’t have in my remote area. That chat represented so much more than foods. It represented choices. Freedom to choose one’s life. Responsibility to one’s self to listen to our calling.

She was going to become a minister, go to Africa, and work with children and families in the most challenging areas of the world. That was her daunting task that at the height of her socioeconomic power, she felt strongly pulled toward. She knew that it was a daunting task. She also knew she had to take it on.

And so she did.

Sometimes, what we are called to do, who we are meant to be, can seem terrifying because of the seemingly impossible path we must go on to get there. Those who can clearly see their purpose, are powered by the challenge. Especially when that task includes helping others.

Karen Henry, MA – positive psychology beyond the boardroom or classroom

About the author: Karen E.M. Henry is a transitions life coach, writer and speaker. She specializes in working with people who want to create positive changes and savor who they want to be. Her full bio can be found at:!about-karen-e-m-henry-ma/c11k

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