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Purpose

4 May

I have had a crazy but amazing week. I’ve actually felt a little overwhelmed since completing that race I spoke about in my last blog. One of the most universal questions is “What is my purpose?”  In other words, “Why am I here?”  I ask myself that all the time. Of course, since I am a Christian I believe God put each of us here for a purpose beyond ourselves and He equipped us with specific gifts and talents to fulfill that purpose. In our own human-ness we, at least I, end up equating that with career vs calling. Am I called to be a sales rep or am I just passing time before I find my true purpose?

Well, this week some amazing things happened that helped me understand the answer. Again, this is my viewpoint. I am exactly where I’m supposed to be for now. Yesterday I visited an office I hadn’t been to for a couple of years. I went with a friend just to say ‘hello’ to my old customers. I had only called on them a little over a year before getting laid off so I wasn’t really sure if they would even remember me or how they felt about me. When they saw me, I was overwhelmed by the welcome or I should say, welcome back. One of the customers even led me to a back hallway where there was a whiteboard which said, “Anna Warner, My Lipstick Journey Through Cancer.” He said it had been up there for over a year and he tells everyone to read my book. All this from people I didn’t think would really remember me.

So here’s my thing, purpose is about the people. Yes, I will probably always struggle with the days of wondering about my job, but no matter what I’m doing or where, it’s about relationships. I got cancer which obviously was not part of my plan, but I have met so many people who have impacted my life in so many ways; some really deep and everlasting relationships. I only hope I have done the same for them. Former strangers, now friends. I believe there are no accidents and people come in and out of our lives for a reason; whether it’s to teach us to love more, to be more compassionate, or even to break our hearts and make us stronger. In the end, my heart overflows and I can barely contain it. It’s ok, I don’t want to. I think sometimes when we are searching and questioning where we should be or what we should be doing, we miss where we are. I am sitting smack dab in my ‘purpose.’ Sit for 5 minutes and think about where you are, think about all the people in your life. We all make decisions good and bad that lead us in different directions. I try not to have regrets. This is life.

Today I wear Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Pink Ballet. First of all, I love Bobbi Brown lipsticks. This formula is extra creamy because it has shea butter in it. The color is a soft pink which is appropriate for spring and summer and Bobbi colors are pretty much universal. I chose it because I love music and I am also a dancer. I danced through my youth and even through college. We live our purpose daily but if we can infuse our passion too, well, the skies the limit!

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8 Responses to “Purpose”

  1. Amy Morgan May 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog. I’ll have to take a look around – this was a very nice piece and intrigued me to read more.

    • Anna May 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Amy! I hope you enjoy the rest. Looking forward to reading yours too!

  2. Brenda Moguez (@BrendaMoguez) May 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    You’re right, we forget where we are because we are busy being somewhere else when we should be in the moment.

    • Anna May 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

      Thanks Brenda…like the old saying…take time to smell the roses!

  3. Jo May 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    I can totally believe they all remembered and cared about you. You are a bit unforgettable! What a nice story. ♥

    • Anna May 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

      Thank you Jo, you’re awesome!

  4. Word Nerd May 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    I SO love this! I too believe that it is all about the people–the connections we make, the bonds we develop. Wonderful, as always!

    • Anna May 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

      Thank you Beth! I count you as one of the former strangers, now friend! So glad to part of the GBE2 group!

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