VALIDATION

Two years gone by, out of the blue I receive a heartwarming message of thanks.

A former student struggling to make graduation made it!

Long overdue but he finally made it.

 

He reached out to let me know how much he appreciated our talks and words of encouragement. 

If not for those moments, he claims he would have given up.

 

Hearing from him lifted my spirits and put me back on track with regard to my purpose.

In life, that is.

My drive comes from helping others.

 

I am reminded of my days after college, struggling to survive, no job.

$99 in my wallet.

I lived on dollar frozen pizzas until my first paycheck.

 

So yes, validation is always good to hear.

More so at midlife when you find yourself once again struggling with purpose.

Survival with purpose or merely survival to live?

 

Today is the day I re-validate my purpose in life.

It’s not merely to live.

I want to live knowing that I can continue to make a difference in helping others.

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Ken Hartke on Friday, 03 August 2018 16:47

Making a difference in someone's life is hard work and it is good and gratifying to get a little recognition -- validation. I recall a teacher that bent over backwards to get me through a class -- the second time -- and she did it and we both felt like we finally climbed Mount Everest (sometimes she was pushing me and sometimes dragging me). Good work.

Making a difference in someone's life is hard work and it is good and gratifying to get a little recognition -- validation. I recall a teacher that bent over backwards to get me through a class -- the second time -- and she did it and we both felt like we finally climbed Mount Everest (sometimes she was pushing me and sometimes dragging me). Good work.
Stephen Evans on Friday, 03 August 2018 20:44

A worthy purpose!

A worthy purpose!
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