Crises, Crossroads & New Beginnings

Have you ever found yourself at one of those crossroads in life where you feel like you’ve been walking in circles in the woods and you’re right back where you started… only you know this time you absolutely must take a different path?

This blog ramble has been a long time coming, and it’s still hard for me to write. Late last summer, I disappeared from my professional world. Not that a lot of people noticed, but a few did, and I appreciated your interest/concern. A couple of crises hit in my personal life that forced me to reevaluate everything else in my life too. No, I’m not going to go into any details. Suffice it to say, I was forced to a crossroads that wasn’t exactly welcome.

One big outcome was a rethink of my career. Why have I chosen the paths I have, what worked about each and what didn’t, and — most importantly! — did I really want to continue on the path I was on? The painful answer was “no”. I say painful because I was letting go of so many things that I had clung to fiercely as part of my very identity for many years. Sometimes rebirth is necessary though, and in hindsight, it is almost always good.

I was faced (again!) with the awareness that life is too short not to live every day with meaning and purpose. When I die, I don’t want to go out with regrets for everything I could have done but didn’t because I was too busy pursuing goals that lacked passion or that I was clinging to out of sheer stubbornness.

But rather than get bogged down in details of the past, I’d like to share a few insights I’ve had about what I believe and the path ahead.

First of all, I’ve been getting clear on my WHY… the cause or belief that drives my every moment. I am absolutely passionate about human potential — all those undiscovered, unpolished, fabulously exciting talents, skills, and ideas inside people the world over. I envision a world where everyone with a dream has the opportunity, the resources, and the encouragement to make it real. Because I believe, together, we really can change the world.

I don’t honestly know what that is going to look like yet. It’s part of the adventure of life. I just know that if I am doing something every day to further the cause of human potential, I’m on the right path. I know that my piece of that larger cause is tied to being the explorer and hero. The explorer in me loves to seek out new ideas and solutions and share that with others. The hero in me wants to champion people to fully live their potential.

There are some other elements of how I see that cause coming to life:

– I want to do cool things with cool people. Enough of the isolation that often comes with solo-entrepreneurship. I thrive on community and collaboration, and I want to be part of a team in some capacity or another for every single project I undertake.

– I believe in taking personal responsibility. That’s both a reminder to myself and an encouragement to the people who share this cause. Enough of the whining, complaining, and making excuses. If life is going to change for the better for people around the world, we’re going to have to step up to the plate and make it happen.

– I absolutely believe in the unique value of each person. I want to take every opportunity to recognize, highlight, and nurture that value in people. Because without all those individual bits of brilliance joining together, the whole can never be as wonderful.

– I want to always believe in the impossible. Yes, I’m a hopeless idealist and proud of it. I saw a quote recently that was something to the effect of “every great achievement was once considered impossible.” (If you know the author, let me know!) What a great sentiment, and I for one want to help make those ideas a reality.

So there you have it… a little update on the journey that’s my life, for those people who have given me their time and attention over the past few years. Like I said, I don’t really know what the path ahead looks like. I know where I’m headed though (my cause), and one of the things I’ll be doing to head in that direction is to write articles here once in a while on things like human potential, leadership development, and building community.

It would be an honor to have anyone else who believes in the cause come along for the journey. Share your ideas and dreams. Ask questions. Push me to reach more of my own potential as I push the people around me to reach theirs. And let’s do cool things together to change the world!

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Comments

  1. Dear Laura,
    It is no accident at all that universe saw to it that we were matched as “buddies 2 years ago. Your statement of purpose is SO interwoven with my own, and I LOVE what you have said. ” the cause or belief that drives my every moment. I am absolutely passionate about human potential — all those undiscovered, unpolished, fabulously exciting talents, skills, and ideas inside people the world over. I envision a world where everyone with a dream has the opportunity, the resources, and the encouragement to make it real. Because I believe, together, we really can change the world.” I am SO 200% in support of your belief and YOU! We MUST talk. I have something to send you, and some tales of my own to share.
    In love and support of you, Jeannie

  2. Jeannie, my dear buddy!! It is sooo good to hear from you! I got your email, and I’ll respond directly about a phone call.

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