Just a quick thought about purpose. For awhile now I’ve agonized over my purpose here on earth and what I can do to make a difference. Often these thoughts have led to ideas about drastic changes in my career and the possibility of going back to school. As I finished doing a status report at work this morning, however, an epiphany struck: What if my purpose is to just be the best damn worker I can be in whatever field I’ve been blessed with skills to excel in (read currently: I.T. Systems Support Tech)?
It certainly gives me pause. That is all.
2010 has arrived! Now behind me, the ’00s brought:
- adulthood and its quandaries
- the beginning of wonderful friendships and the passing of old
- ten new places of residence, the last three of which are in my new home state of Montana
- the trusty ’86 Volvo 240DL, my beloved ’98 Ford Crown Victoria (R.I.P.), and most recently an ’07 Ford Focus
- a brief tenure at university where I met some of my (still) favorite people
- financial stability, after putting myself in a large amount of credit card/student loan debt
- good roommates, not so good roommates
- the creation of some the most memorably cherished and most forgettably rotten moments of my life
Bearing in mind that it is all in the past and thus not worth too much nitpicking and analysis, I nonetheless pause to reflect on the path that has led me to today: January 2, 2010.
After a few tries at writing the next lines, it became clear to me that I left out a couple of large line items in the list above. That’s okay. I left them out on purpose. I feel they do not in any way define me nor have they had enough of an effect to consider worthy of any greater note than this quick tidbit. So let’s move along, shall we? Good.
I could be long-winded and write many pages of useless drivel about how I’ve changed since 2000 and what each year meant to me, but I won’t. The important part is that God has been with me throughout, and I’m where I’m supposed to be. Whatever brought me to this place, however life-changing or mundane, I’m grateful for. No matter what it was, whether painful or glorious, today is what’s important. I get to live in the most beautiful place in the world and have amazing friends. I have a roof over my head and money to pay the bills. I have a growing relationship with almighty God and am striving to make the most of the time He’s given me to roam this earth.
So then, what am I resolving to do or not do in 2010? I will increase my reading of books that have redeeming value. I will spend more time thinking things all the way through before I act. Beyond that, there isn’t much I believe warrants change.
Happy New Year (and new decade), everyone!