25. Using Your Gifts
LOOK FOR A PURPOSE THAT USES YOUR UNIQUE GIFTS TO SERVE OTHERS
Three questions that we could use to help us work out our purpose are -
What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?
What would I do even if nobody paid me to do it?
What makes me come alive?
Learn to be curious! Ask questions! Look around for people and organisations to journey with. Look for those who share our values and ideals. Look for those who appreciate us and our unique talents. Our life's journey will then be making a difference and will also support our mental health and well-being.
Like anything else in the journey of life, a particular purpose will not be a fixed point that we arrive at and stay forever. The world changes too often. We change too often. It is the constant search for staying connected to our ongoing purpose that keeps us on target, curious, developing, growing and giving.
"This course is, for us and at this particular stage of our lives, our purpose. Having both experienced mental health issues earlier in life and having worked teaching about Mental Illness and ways to support yourself and get help, we knew from our own personal life and the research now available that we wanted to do Protective, Holistic Mental Health. This is a passion Annie and I share. It makes us come alive. Our talents, skills, abilities and gifts intersected here where there is a great need in the world around us."