As Hurricane Harvey cleanup continues, Houstonians are left with the task of restoring their lives. Many survivors are asking themselves, “What does my life look like post-Harvey?” With a potential paradigm shift, I hope people are asking the important question: “What is the purpose of my life?” Is the answer pre-hurricane status or something different?
Harvey challenged people to exercise their survival muscle and care for the needs of their friends and community. Whether or not directly impacted by rising floodwaters, I bet most would agree Harvey had a blessing—a catalyst for change to strengthen spiritually, build greater confidence, and live out purpose as well as to restore community during times when the country has been in civil and political divide. During Harvey’s punch, people were blinded to any labels of religion, race, and politics as people helped people. Harvey enabled everyone to focus on what was important—people.
The aftermath of Harvey can also provide the opportunity for a new life versus one of the past—perhaps a life richer in purpose, work, community, and relationships. Some may question how can they rebuild a life without following the old blueprint. I would start by exploring and identifying the core values which reflect the essence of oneself. Values reflect what one is willing to struggle for and the pain one is willing to endure to achieve an outcome. A reconstructed life may also reflect answers to the following questions:
- What do I want more of in my life?
- What do I want less of in my life?
- What will I regret if I don’t try or do it?
- What one thing can I change that would have a positive impact my life?
Everyone is the author of his/her life. What will you choose to do with your one life? If you are a parent, are you allowing your children to live in their purpose, or are your fears and desires manifesting themselves in how you design their lives?
When you find your purpose, your energy will continue to feed that passion. Be encouraged through adversity, because anything worth achieving requires struggle. Do not give up hope, but be hopeful. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey some people are finally questioning their purpose and taking steps that will allow them to Live Their Legend.
About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach and consultant with an extensive background in leadership and business development. She coaches individuals as well as designs and facilitates workshops. She has a passion to help organizations engage all its employees. You can learn more about Sandra by visiting her website at www.shinecrossings.com.