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Posted by Philip on 7 October 2016, 2:45 pm in , , , , , , , ,

Remembering my purpose — revisited

Last week I blogged about my purpose. I said I felt purposeless, and wondered if being purposeless was, in fact, my purpose for now.

I've changed my mind. I wonder if surrendering my purpose was part of rediscovering it. I also wonder if my parents bringing a whole lot of newspaper clipping from when I was born has helped me remember.

My purpose is to deepen awareness of diversity in creative, fun, non-threatening ways.

Seeing it written, adapted from some copy on Diversity New Zealand's website, makes it seem so obvious. I've done it all my life. As a kid I would make people laugh because I knew laughter made people feel more comfortable — I still use humour, especially with strangers. I've always used humour in my work, even in my 20s. Then I had a career in comedy.

Now I use humour and lightness to speak, run workshops and work alongside clients to make better sense of diversity, complexity and uncertainty, and to create change. These are heavy issues but being creative, having fun and being non-threatening allow people to lose fear and get curious and interested about these tricky and troubling aspects of our world.

I realise that a lot of my purpose-angst came from many changes that have occurred in what I do over the past 12-18 months or longer. This new sense of purpose speaks my being and not what I do.

What I like about this expression of my purpose is that it's all about who I am. The opportunities for how I manifest it in what I do are infinite.

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