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Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

Purpose…I think I’m getting closer

I’ve spent considerable time over the last six months thinking about purpose. My purpose. Trying to define it.

My husband, being the retired corporate executive that he is, and whose mind is trained to create strategy, keeps prompting me to stop spending time in the how and to give myself up to the what…traveling without a destination…all you do is continue to travel. I know, I know.

I’m unsure why this is like forcing my mind to give birth, but it is, and I’m still laboring.

First, I simply insisted I wanted to continue using my writing and communication skills to help clients achieve their business goals, and to be able to make a significant financial contribution to my family in the process. I’ve been doing this for several years and although I’ve been successful and enjoy my work, it doesn’t fulfill me.

I started writing a book about the three generations of women in my family who are survivors of child abuse and I realized the pot simmering on the back burner of my mind could provide a purpose if I’d turn off the fire long enough to spoon out a serving.

So of course I decided I wanted to be Oprah. Since I’m a white, married woman with a child and I’m not fond of being in front of a camera, this seemed just a little unlikely.

Knocking it back a notch, I realized what the people closest to me have known all along. I want to use my writing skills and experiences to become a defining voice in the fight against domestic violence and child abuse.

Purpose…I think I’m getting closer.

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