A lot of what I have been reading lately is about pursuing your purpose. The question is, what is it? I have been giving this a lot of thought, as I retired from being a human resources professional, in the healthcare industry, two months ago. I began my career in human resources over twenty years ago. However, I knew I wanted a change, as well as find another career in which I can make an impact. I also want to be free, and have time to be more creative. I am an authorpreneur and have self-published nine faith-based books. There are many other works I want to write and publish. I consider this to be my writing ministry, my tag line is “writing to touch hearts.” This is part of my purpose to encourage, inspire and motivate others through the written word, via books and social media platforms. As much as I am fulfilled in writing, I am also looking for fulfillment in my future work life, not just a job that pays the bills. I want more…life is too short to be miserable and working in something that is not meeting or promoting my full potential.
I am on a self-discovery journey, in which I am getting to know myself better and what I really want in my next job. This has been a freeing experience, as I consider myself to have been a caterpillar, crawling along, and now I am a butterfly who has found her wings. My mind is open to new possibilities and other job roles that help others, such as employment in social services. It is not just about me, in my next assignment, as I like to call it. I want to make a positive difference in other’s lives. I am taking advantage of this period in my life to rest, relax and recharge my mind, body, soul and spirit. I experience a greater appreciation for life and all the joy it can bring. My practice of mindfulness keeps me on task in the current moment, not thinking of to do list items. I focus more and am engaged in my present. I was not doing much of this before.
As I spent time thinking and soul searching about what I wanted to do for my next work assignment, and in my life in general, I started to write down my thoughts, reflections, and ideas. Who knows, this might be the basis for my next book. I do know that my purpose is tied to God’s purpose for me. I am not leaving Him out of this equation. I believe and have faith that He is working on opening the door to my purpose, via my next employment or other means, in His timing. This is my reality and beliefs, and it gives me hope. I am resolved to keep learning about who I am, to keep improving, and make goals. I want to do as much as I can do for the greater good in the time I have. This may sound idealistic, but I believe I can find ways in my day-to-day experiences, to do this. My small sphere of influence to do meaningful work can help people and the community.
Perhaps, what I just mentioned is my purpose. But, I still wait on God, and trust in His provision. In the meantime, I continue to look for opportunities to learn, develop and grow as a person. I know this life is not my destination, yet I want to enjoy the ride, thankful that I can discover and see things with a different perspective, and be grateful for all I have.
I am certain God is working in you now and in His time He will reveal His plan for you. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ESV
When I retired I let this Scripture lead me.
Thank you 😊
What made you get out of healthcare HR?
Having a job in which you feel fulfilled is important. I, too, find myself enjoying helping others. (It’s quite interesting as some (including me) claim I’m not a big people person.) It’s very rewarding!
What are you doing to find what your ideal job would be? I find that many people tell us to go and pursue it, but it’s hard for a person that is passionate and wants to learn about everything and anything. I hate narrowing down my focus.
Hi..I left HR in Healthcare because it was no longer fulfilling for me. I knew I wanted a change but didn’t know what. I was open to other things: Reading tutor, doing more volunteer work. I prayed on it. Earlier this month I found my fit: Peer Support Specialist. My life experience with depression can help in someone’s recovery for their mental health condition. I am taking training classes and it is a process but I feel peace with this decision. It is rewarding helping others. Write down your top 3 o 5 things you can see yourself doing that will be fulfilling for you and look into jobs for that. Or maybe you can do 1 each day of the things you like and are fulfilled by. You can work as staff relief and not have to be in any one job the whole time. All the best in your search.
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I’m glad to hear that you found your path. Stay golden!
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