I have escaped from home for a few days and yes, you've guessed it. I'm staying at a Marriott. "Leave a trail of genius" is the slogan or motto on Marriott notepads and is featured throughout the hotel on various brochures and paperwork.
This little phrase generated some rather serious reflection today. I began to wonder about my legacy and if I even had one. What do I want people to remember about me when I am no longer around? That is to say, when I've moved on, either from this mortal coil, or relocated to Costa Rica as per my exit strategy!
We learned in a Vision Quest session today that we should, if we haven't already done so, determine our purpose, and put it into a few words, on paper. I confess, I've struggled with that for years, both from a spiritual level and a simplistic position of why am I doing what I'm doing.
I've always ‘tested' as a RED. Control freak, Gimme the bottom line, Don't bore me with all the details, and if I've wanted something, I've always gone after it, and 99.9% of the time was not disappointed. Yes, I've been blessed in many ways.
I've always been one after answers, and like things orderly. I try very hard to be right. I've never enjoyed being under the influence because I don't like being out of control. Likewise, I don't like roller coasters, and prefer to drive(in the left lane) as opposed to riding shotgun, unless I'm sleeping.
I enjoy leadership positions as the jobs seem easy to me. I don't mind decision-making and love working toward the betterment of any organization I belong to. I like to think I play well with others, but I really don't know how to play. I just want to get the thing, whatever that is, done-efficiently and completely. Twenty years ago, I decided that I wanted a seat at whatever table where decisions were made about how I earned my living. That's when I worked toward becoming a Realtor® leader.
So back to leaving a trail of whatever...
I'd like to believe I've done no real harm. I hope I've left things I've touched somewhat better than I found them. I hope I've exhibited compassion and care for everyone, loving them as commanded. But please, please get with the program, or get out of my way. No genius, just decency.
My purpose will need a little more R and D. For tonight, I will end with the following:
What motivates me? Why do I get out of bed every morning? Why do I do what I do? Because it's what I'm supposed to do...