YOURSELF. COMMUNITY. MISSION.
What do these three things have in common? They work mutually with one-another to offer support that will see you through to achieving success each day.
“I always put others before myself. Yet I still haven’t figured out whether or not that’s a good thing. So far, bad experience.” – Unknown
So often it’s impressed upon us that we must be selfless; that it’s essential to put others before ourselves. We’ve grown up in a culture where it’s expected of us to continuously take care of everyone around us, and leave ourselves last (when usually there’s no steam or energy to do so). Well I’m going to shake things up a bit. I’m going to tell you to ignore everything you’ve been taught. This isn’t so that you’ll be selfish and greedy, but so that you’ll ground yourself and attend to your own needs first for once. If you don’t look after yourself, you’ll never be in a position to help others. If you’ve ever flown, you know about the in-flight safety demonstration. That’s when they tell you that in case of emergency, in order to help anyone else you must first put on your own oxygen mask. Listen. Put yourself first.
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” – Stephen R. Covey
Having a strong sense of community and being a strong member of your community is invaluable. When I think of community, I think of those people who are important to me: family, neighbours, friends and colleagues. I think of the volunteer groups I’ve been involved with from Calgary Stampede to Hockey Calgary. Though we all have different backgrounds and diverse viewpoints, we still share one critical ambition: to work together and make a difference. The Golden Rule, as I understand it, fits in nicely here. We’re all different, but we all want to be a part of something bigger; to leave our mark while embracing differences. Instead of persecuting those with separate attitudes, work together and welcome them.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S Lewis
Your mission is more than a job or career. It’s the goals and objectives that we focus our energy on. It may be a volunteer endeavour you’re involved with or a community focused project; whatever it is, it necessitates individual drive and resolve. And while you’re pursuing your mission (whatever it may be) it’s understood that you’ll undoubtedly face obstacles, but keep in mind that the only thing that you’re absolutely in control of is how you react. Circumstances and conditions can transform without notice; but we must remain adaptable and persevere toward the mission.
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