Biography of a Friend
I’m privileged and grateful to have some of the most caring and sincerest of friends that I imagine it’s possible to have. ONE of my friends has the biggest, purest heart of anyone I know.
This is about her; and anyone who may relate to her story, as told through my eyes.
Jennifer (not her real name – I’ve always wanted to say that) was probably born into the wrong family: not so well off, not so educated, not so aware of the world, in a family now largely estranged from her by virtue of their general negativity and unpleasantness.
Despite all this, Jennifer is a very savvy lady, articulate in (and very fussy about) the written word, very funny, generous-hearted, deeply spiritual, loving, caring, a fine parent, and with a desire to see and understand more of the world.
In a not even perfect world – just a different one – she could have been to university, traveled, had a career, and more income than she just manages to get by on now. INSTEAD, she is a little stuck. She wants more from the world, and more importantly, she wants to GIVE more to the world. With limited resources she has already given more than most.
She is stuck because she DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO, and she has limited means to re-create herself.
It’s a dilemma many of us face, or have faced. More and more people every day are doing more with less, AND – paradoxically – more and more people are wanting to GIVE more too. How often do we hear “I want to make a difference in the world.?”
And the biggest problem? The biggest problem of all is that Jennifer doesn’t believe in herself. She wasn’t taught how. And her assessment of her own natural resources pulls up much shorter than my list of what she has to offer.
I believe when her purpose is clear to her – and I believe this for everyone – then the Universe will line up for her in helping her to live her purpose. It won’t be easy necessarily – it’s probably not meant to be. Our hardships and obstacles are our lessons. In my view, Jennifer’s taken most of her lessons seriously enough to learn a great deal from them.
She has set herself at least one direction which is to know the World more. Wow, I wish everyone had that goal – it seems to me to be one of the most admirable of goals.
How did YOU discover your purpose, or perhaps some part of it? (For it does often unfold little by little.) I’d love to hear from you.