by Dianne J. Shaver, M.A.
Founder and CEO EntrepreneurMindWorld.com
The tragic gunning down of 9 people as they sat in their church, has to make us wonder what life is really about? In the tributes to each of them it detailed all of their accomplishments. They were all people involved in their community. They all did good works. They were all loved. But this has made me wonder what are we here for? Is it about accomplishing more and more? Is it about success? Is it about being well-known in our community or the world?
I thought if I died last week what would my life have been about? The businesses I created? All the people I helped? I think its something else. Not saying that the aforementioned are not important. When it comes down to it, for me, the answer is - "Did I fulfill the potential within me in the way that expressed who I really am? Was I truly myself?"
I am caught up like everyone else in going harder, faster, longer but I don't think it's about that. I think we are here to be completely ourselves. Not to fit into a concept that the culture defines as being a worthwhile person. If someone is authentic enough in how they give, how they succeed then I feel it fulfills what I'm talking about. But if I or someone else is doing the things they are doing because they have been told they were the "right" things but they were not a good fit then it doesn't fit into fulfilling their potential no matter how noble.
We each come with gifts, many of them. But there are those gifts that come from our soul and we can feel them. Those are the ones we are here to deliver. A life that leaves someone at the end wishing they had lived more authentically is not the life I want. I want at the end to feel happy that I was here. I want to feel that I discovered my true self and that I lived from that. That I never let fear stop me. That I had the courage to be myself. That I let people see my heart even if they thought it was over the top. That I let those around me know they were loved. That I felt the love from them. That I loved animals and treated them as treasured beings. That I felt connected to nature and felt its beauty and spirit. That I enjoyed each day as much as I was able. That is closer to living an authentic life for me. I would be happy as I left this life to places unknown. I would have fulfilled my mission here.