Purpose, Mission, and Vision

Spalted beech cutting board with sourdough bread and knife.

Purpose

I believe we all have the same purpose. We are all here to be a benefit to one another. However, that is too broad to be useful. So the question then becomes, What is the nature of my particular purpose?

One thing has become clear to me. Acting on this purpose is only satisfying if I find my way to it, and choose it. My friends and family tried to tell me that I’d be perfect for _____. I tried to believe them, and squeezed myself into so many different boxes, but I never truly fit any of them. I was competent in nearly everything I tried. But either I got bored quickly, or eventually hated the work.

Some fundamental aspect in the work has to resonate with me, and provide deep meaning. Out of that meaning, I can develop my mission.

Mission

What we do to benefit our fellow humans can take infinite forms. How we accomplish that is entirely up to us. We choose the path. There is tremendous power in that.

I developed my mission by remembering what I had loved as a youth. I’ve been working for 30 years. It took 25 years of trial and error to come back around to a truth that I had discovered as a child. I love to express myself through what I make with my hands. I love to write. I love to draw. I love to carve wood. I love to make food and drink. I learned these things at different points in my life, but pushed them aside to develop a “real career.”

Biggest mistake of my life.

Fortunately, I never stopped being curious. Rather than accept external expectations, I had to accept that I needed to develop my own expectations, and act upon them as though my life depended on it. Because it does.

I had discovered a truth. Once I rejected external expectations, and developed my own, I could begin to grasp peace, and purpose, and way to fulfill it.

I am happiest when I am making something beautiful and useful from waste materials — reclaimed wood, particularly.

Vision

I want people to see the world around them differently. I want to help them see the possibilities within themselves by creating things that reveal beauty and purpose from rubbish. Old becomes new. Broken becomes useful. Useless becomes treasured.

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