May 16, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: POTENTIAL

by Amy S. Allen

Age 56. Carthage, NC

For so long l have wondered what l could have done with my life had l been focused and disciplined.  I came from an upper middle class home, went to private school and college and had every opportunity in life to do something great.  I am above average intelligence and, as my mother used to say, l could do anything l wanted if I would stick to it and work hard.  I never lived up to my potential, and this always bothered me.  I could have, should have and would have been someone noteworthy in my community. But instead, l was a mother to a wonderful child and found great fulfillment in motherhood.  After my son went away to college, I wondered what l was going to do with my time.

And that is all I needed to know that I was doing the right things.

I have always been a caring individual and very sensitive to the plight of others.  I enjoyed visiting my elderly friends and seeing their faces light up when l stopped by for a chat.  One day, after one of my visits, it struck me that l was doing what l was meant to do, and that was, quite simply, to spread love to people that needed it most.  I didn’t need to do big things in life.  I took to heart Ralph Waldo Emerson’s definition of what it was to be successful, and realized that l had made more than one person’s life easier.  This knowledge makes me smile and feel good about my contribution to society.  I can hear my father’s voice telling me that he was proud of me, and the fact that l had such a big sympathetic heart. And that is all l needed to know that I was doing the right things.

 

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