A Life of Impact: Enriched and Enriching

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing…It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.”

Those lines are from one of my favorite written works (there are a lot), The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. When I think about the invitation that life often extends to us to do what matters, what is meaningful and what will ultimately sustain us my heart is filled with gratitude. To have the opportunity to serve alongside visionaries and creative change makers is something I consider divine. To witness young people freely giving of themselves and leaving an IMPACT on lives young and old makes me excited because I know that their future will create and mine will be much brighter because of it. Bearing witness to 10 Charlottean’s at PFO’s “Night of Gratitude” was awe inspiring to say the least. Hearing thoughts and reflections, words of wisdom, and stories of success only added fuel to the purpose, power, and presence of everyone in the room. When I think of those who tirelessly give of themselves to make themselves, their community and this world better; not just for some, but, for everyone by being intentional about closing chasms, building bridges and providing tools that help to level the playing field for everyone in the game, two words come to mind….IMPACT because I’m reminded that it only requires a small but consistent effort to have one that is lasting and GRATITUDE because there are not enough nights to honor all of those I know making a significant difference in he lives of others, yet and still they do. We do. Because we know it makes a difference.

I got lots of nuggets from the songs sung by the teens and stories shared about the evening’s honorees that are ever present reminders of why we have to give of ourselves in spite of and the ripple effect that it can and will have. When reflecting on my own life and those who have impacted me, there is not a single word that comes to mind first other than grateful (well unless you add simply). Being able to plant seeds in the lives of PFO teens, many of who are budding, others who are blossoming and seeing them planted in the gardens of their buddies in the Buddy Program, their fellow teens and the community as a whole, does my heart good!

I came across a quote recently, “How much you contribute to others will determine just how rich your life will be” – Sadhguru Vasudev. When I think of the things that have made my life rich; it has been those that have poured and planted into my life and those who have allowed me to do the same. That has had the greatest impact on me and that is what has allowed me to have the greatest impact on others.

Soon the video will be released from the Night of Gratitude. I invite you to join me in watching it and sharing it. I also invite you to check out PFO’s 2016 Fundraiser – The Impact Bracelet. It is a perfect reminder to self that you are making an impact and a perfect gift to someone who has had or continues to make a meaningful impression in your life, their community and the world. All the best in the year ahead, I’m excited to have you sharing it with me.