by: GENEVIEVE PITURRO
Starting every New Year with a promise to ourselves is a universal tradition. Resolutions mark new beginnings and this New Year is no different … or is it? So many of us have re-discovered ourselves over the past two years. Some of us would be more comfortable erasing these months and returning to the way it was at the end of 2019. But many of us now realize we want something different for our lives moving forward, a life that fits us better, that feels more like who we really are, that’s taking us where we want to go, a life that’s well, more meaningful. I know what you mean.
A little girl in an emergency shelter in New York City asked me a simple question 20 years ago that rocked my world. With equal parts fear and moxie, I jumped off the corporate ladder after 12 years as VP Marketing in the entertainment business, and started the national nonprofit, Pajama Program. In these two decades we have provided more than seven (7) million pajamas and books to children in the U.S. and Puerto Rico through Pajama Program’s 63 local chapters.
I thought purpose was given just to special people who revolutionized the world, people like Albert Einstein, Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa, even Princess Diana, Bill Gates, Oprah. But I was wrong – we all have a purpose, every single one of us. I’ve been telling my story and sharing my purpose for two decades and it has moved people around the world to listen, to feel, to join and to grow an organization despite the odds. How did that happen? The key is in the human connection: It’s not the power of one that changes things, it’s the power of ONE-ANOTHER that moves mountains and moves people.
Sometimes we find our purpose and sometimes, like in my case, our purpose finds us. Either way, our purpose drives our values and makes our decisions easier because our purpose becomes our North. We find ourselves living wholly and intentionally. And when we share our purpose, the human connection does its magic!
If finding your purpose is on your New Year’s Resolutions list, give yourself a gift of 90 minutes of alone time and this Passion 4 Purpose exercise. I hope something here resonates with you. Here’s to doing more of what you love in 2022!
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