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December 03, 2009

What Were You Born To Do?

What were you born to do? It's an interesting question and one worthy of personal - or group- exploration. I found a website that helps individuals or groups...

... as they find good, workable answers to that question.

The website http://www.ginamaddox.com/2009/08/so-just-what-was-i-born-to-do/ has a series of questions and exercises that help users focus on what really matters.

Here's are some excerpts;

" If you want to redirect your life’s direction, and hone in on what you feel you were born to do, so that every day at work feels fulfilling and self-motivating, you might want to create your own Bare Bones Statement. It’s helpful because before we can begin taking steps to make things happen and fulfill our purpose, we’ve got to decide which direction to turn toward. Clarity of purpose comes to us when we define exactly what it is we were born to do."

" Without getting to the basic, essential definition, what I call the Bare Bones Reason I Was Born Statement, you may not feel grounded in your authenticity. You may have so many great suggestions for what to do with your life that you don’t know where to start or you don’t stick to just one idea. You may feel pulled in opposite directions. You may decide to make “no decision” simply because you just don’t have a good framework for making the right decision. But you can’t pursue your life’s work until you stand up and firmly decide which direction to turn and that’s what the Bare Bones Statement does; it helps us determine the correct direction to face before we start walking toward our greatness."

" Roman philosopher, Lucius Annaeus Seneca said, “You must know for which harbor you are headed if you are to catch the right wind to take you there.” Try completing the following activity that helps us discover just which way we should adjust our sails, and what direction we should turn toward before we start taking the six steps to discovering, defining and doing what we were born to do."

" First, list at least ten positive qualities about yourself. (For example; kind, caring, artistic, nurturing, energetic, creative, honest, or exuberant.) If you’re stumped, ask for ideas from supportive and positive friends and family-members. Take some time and give it some good thought."

Your "born-to" statement may be a very short phrase like "Born to laugh", "Born to encourage", "Born to make a difference". It may be silly like "Born to play" or "Born to Eat" or it could be serious like "Born to geek out" or "Born to feed people" or could express a passion like "Born to travel the world" or "Born to be poetic".

I'll have to work on mine some more, but I think it might be "Born to write"...

We are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at December 3, 2009 10:14 PM

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