Last week, I was fortunate enough to tune in online to the SAPsv Talk with Elizabeth Gilbert. Streaming this from South Africa was such a great opportunity and I’m so glad that these Silicon Valley events are accessible to employees around the world. After tuning in to Elizabeth’s talk I walked away with some incredible insights.
For the past year I’ve been struggling with figuring out my purpose. Elizabeth reminded me that living life doesn’t mean you have to have some great purpose to make a difference. All my contributions in my life are already part of me fulfilling my purpose, and I now see my purpose as whatever I choose it to be.
I have always put things off until “someday.” After listening to Elizabeth share her perspectives, I realize that someday should not exist on my calendar anymore. I need to act NOW. I want to walk through my life fulfilling my curiosity and say good bye to fear. I think that will make my world so much better as I will be inspired by new experiences daily. This inspiration will allow my sons to see the fire in my heart again, and encourage them as well.
I also took away from Elizabeth’s talk that I need to develop the habit of taking stock of what I have and ensuring that I condition myself to be grateful for what I have. Essentially, gratitude is all that matters. There is still time for me to work on this conditioning and I am thankful that SAP Silicon Valley gave me the opportunity to listen to Elizabeth and ignite these realizations sooner rather than later. I needed that talk. It’s time for me to stop making a living and start designing my life with zero fear. I’m ready for it!
On another bright note, thanks to Elizabeth, my husband now knows, “a woman’s place is in the kitchen, with a glass of wine, watching her husband cook her some dinner.” Thanks SAPsv!