I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door. ~ Marla Gibbs ~
- Who are you?
- What do you do?
- Who do you do it for?
- What do they want or need?
- How do they feel as a result?
These are the questions that Adam Leipzig asks in this week’s video. At his 25th college reunion from Yale, Mr. Leipzig learned that many of his friends were unhappy with their life. His friends were largely monetarily well off, yet still dissatisfied. What was the problem and what was missing from their life?
This week’s video was prompted by finding out that a couple of friends will be leaving us soon to return to North America. While it’s not unusual to see people leaving our community, I think for many there has been surprise and sadness for this comes not with a need to care for an elderly parent, for a new job, or for health reasons but simply because they are ready. I choose to see it as a time to be happy for them that they are ready to move on and find another purpose.
One of the commonalities of living in this small community has been that we often get asked one question by newcomers or those thinking of making the move; “So, what do you do?” For many of us being defined by what we do for a living seems like another life time ago. How many of us describe ourselves and how we fill our days is entirely different and yet equally or more fulfilling (for most) than what we did in the past. After all, shouldn’t the real purpose in our lives be to be happy, and what is the point of being here or doing something if you’re not happy? I know that our friends will take those lessons back with them…from the campo.