Monday, January 25, 2010
On a Mission
"Finding Angela Shelton" - Day Twenty-eight...
Today's task: Write your mission statement!
Many businesses and organizations around the world have mission statements. A mission statement is created to be a clear and concise statement of the goals, visions and purpose of the company it represents. I know from personal experience that creating and referring to a mission statement can help a group stay focused. When I lead the youth group at a church I was attending a few years ago, having a mission statement was important to us because we wanted to keep moving forward as a group. We wanted to realize goals and visions we had of making the world a better place through outreach and missions programs. Seeing and sharing our mission statement constantly helped us stay focused on what we were trying to accomplish as a group.
It makes sense to me that if this mission statement concept works for groups, it should work for individuals as well. Having a mission statement should - in theory - help me stay focused on where I am headed in life, therefore reminding me to continually work hard to create circumstances that will help me realize my potential. I've never written a personal mission statement, so when it came to today's task I felt a little lost. I borrowed a bit from Angela Shelton's mission statement when I created my own.
"I am Meggs. I am a child of God. My mission is to provide support and hope to survivors of abuse and trauma, inspiring them to share their stories with others, thereby empowering them to create joy and happiness in their homes and communities."
I may change or revise my statement as the days go by, but for now, I think what I wrote suits me just fine. The statement is an honest representation of how I currently feel about my personal goals and my God-given purpose on this earth...
Once again I would like to encourage you to take this journey. I'm not promising that it's going to dramatically change your life... I'm just telling you that it dramatically changed mine, so I know there's a chance it could also help you. It's next to impossible for me to describe to you the transformation that has taken place in my heart and my mind since the inception of this blog. What you have seen here in my writing is only a drop in the bucket, because the change has been so indescribable and unbelievable that putting it into words has proven difficult at times...
There are just two days left in this 30-Day Healing Journey, and I'd like to (again) thank all of you for following along as I've worked through each day's tasks. My readers and friends and family have been a constant source of information and encouragement, and I have grown tremendously because of you. I am sincerely grateful that you have allowed me to reach out to you, and that you've shared so much with me as I've walked along this path. I don't know that I could have done it alone. Thank you for allowing me to connect with you. Thank you for allowing me to share my joy with you. Thank you for telling me your own stories of tragedy and triumph. I'm a firm believer that we each have our own particular place in this world. I'd like to thank you for helping me find my place. Have you found yours?