Stage One – Making The Decision.
August 22, 2011
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Image courtesy of David Reece @ Flickr
Over the past few weeks I’ve been out of the writing “zone”. I was entangled in a period of contemplation – one of those “What am I doing with my life?” scenes that pop up on many of us from time to time. Or maybe only some of us, I’m not sure. I can really only speak for myself. In a decisive effort to become the change I wish to see in the World I took action. Being the kind of person who approaches things holistically, I naturally needed to start things moving in a few different areas.
Physically – I bought a new pair of runners and started jogging a couple of nights a week in addition to going to the gym; variety being the spice of life and all that. I also started a diet. By that I mean I downloaded an app for my iPhone that lets me see how many calories are contained in all the food I eat in order to try to eat more healthily. I’ve also bought cookbooks and utensils to help improve my culinary skills.
Spiritually – I contemplated a whole lot of stuff. Big picture thoughts about life and everything it entails. I even sought guidance from a Clairvoyant, although I won’t go into the details. Isn’t it the same as telling people what you wished for when you blew out your birthday candles? Either way, some very interesting things were said that seem highly contradictory to the kind of person I am. So it’ll be very interesting to see whether any of it actually happens. I’m not holding my breath.
Mentally – I spent most of my time banging around this particular hallway. I’m naturally a big thinker; people who know me would say that I often think too much. Overthinking is a trait that I’m not a big fan of and it’s something that I’m working hard on controlling. Enough of that though; the primary thing I had to think about was exactly what I want to be doing and how I’m going to get there. I believe I’ve decided on the first part of the deal.
Ultimately, I’d love to be a philanthropist.
After weighing myself up and beginning to really address the person that I am, it seems to me that my primary strength lies in helping other people. I’ve always been able to see the greatness in people and to help them on their way to excellence and I think that I should be able to do that in a full-time capacity. One of the things I loved about teaching was that I was helping my students achieve their goals; it made me feel like I was contributing to a better World.
Now I’m not doe-eyed about this, you understand. After pretty much an entire career centered around customer service I’ve developed an eye for people who are just looking for an easy score. I’m quite sure that my historical experience with people from many walks of life has brought me to an excellent platform from which to make the jump into professional philanthropy. Knowing what it takes to be a philanthropist, I now move onto Stage Two. Probably the most important stage in the whole process, I’ve kind of hit a bit of a speed bump on my road to making my mark in the World.
Does anyone have any idea how I become independently wealthy in a very short period of time?