We live and work and retire in a volatile world. Not just the war zones on planet earth…but the war zones in life. Not to wax political but we have a federal debt that has reached its limit…again! And at $14.3 Trillion, that is quite a limit. Today, the stock market plummeted almost 200 points. Yesterday, at one point it was up over 200 points. That will keep people working, and if not, at least wish they could work again. Then again, unemployment is hovering around 10%, so that may be just a wish and not an actual happening. Businesses with over a 1000 employees are bringing back matching of 401(k) s…but not to the extent they were pre-recession. Mississippi, Alabama and Missouri have had catastrophic tornadoes that should have a name attached to them. Fires are raging in Arizona, flooding is happening throughout the Midwest and there are still wars; actual wars, raging across the planet. And the cost of these disasters and wars are not just dollars and cents but life and limb and family. So…with the fabric of our country being tattered and torn from within our borders and outside our lives, how do we move forward; how do we keep up with the calendar? Well, let’s start with some good news.
- On a world scale, Tata Consultancy is hiring 70,000 workers a year
- Regionally, help has been pouring into Joplin, MO and throughout the South in response to the natural tragedies that have occurred
- We have the biggest IPO boom in over a decade
- A national radio station that is “listener supported” finished their fund drive…a day early
- Gas prices are going down
- Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is moving to all “organic” cotton for their clothing lines in the near future
- Recycling is up
- Adoptions are on the rise…and not just with pets
There is good news. The question is whether or not you are looking for it. At the beginning of this mono-blog, it was and is easy to throw your hands in the air, pack your toys and go home. “All of that news and information, and all of it bad; are you kidding me?!?” But that is not going to make a difference; that will not help navigate the complex and volatile roads of life we are on.
Let’s choose to see.
Problems and pathways out of them.
Let’s exam 3 P’s that matter.
Let’s start with our Purpose, not just as a nation, but as an individual. What is YOUR Purpose? 3 words or less. Can you do it? Give it a shot and give it some time. Examine, be introspective. Think L O N G term. You are important in this game. As the saying goes; “To the world you may be only one person; but to one person, you may be the world.” This is your dash between the dates epithet. Define your Purpose and it will lead you to…
Passion…is it missing? Passion is your “Why” do you do what you do? What is your passion? What is your “Why”? Oh, and it can’t be money. I disagree with “The Don” in his saying that “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” For you to be successful in business and in life, you better take it personal. And it will take Passion. Why would you do what you do in spite of the money…and sometimes, and JUST sometimes, because of it?
If you define your Purpose and discover your Passion you will notice they are often hard to notice or detect; they are an intangible. Another intangible brings them to the forefront…Posture. Yes…Posture, how you carry yourself will bring Purpose and Passion to the forefront. As the movie “My Life” with Michael Keaton says, “There are two ways to enter the room.” Enter with the right posture. People will understand your Purpose and detect your Passion in how you enter a room. Posture yourself correctly.
Now, this will not solve the above problems, but it will get you looking in the right direction. After all, we want to see. The Good Book says to start in your own “Jerusalem” then to the “remotest part of the earth.” To clarify, I believe this starts at the bathroom sink…with the man, or woman, in the mirror, and then moving to your neighbors and neighborhood and the remotest part of the earth.
Here’s to not confusing making a living with having a life…your life. Blessings my friends