I was on a walk on my favorite local trail in Nashville when along came a trio; grandfather, father and son. The boy was maybe six years old and saw my camera around my neck. He stopped in his tracks and approached me and asked..
"Why do you have a camera?"
Without hesitation I answered "so I can take pictures!".
"Of what?" the boy asked,
"That's really cool." He said.
The dad chuckled and thanked me for answering his son's questions, and we went our separate ways. I remember being his son's age and being curious about instruments, cameras, airplanes. I was blessed to have older people around me who genuinely answered my questions.
As I continued on my walk, a series of questions and responses started coming up. Have you ever put thought into why you do things? Why are you wired creatively? Why do you have a camera? Why are you a nurse? Or teacher? Why do you/are you ____? Have you ever really developed your "why"?
We all have a purpose. As creatives, there is a purpose for our vision and our work. The world is lacking until you add your unique creation to it. We are born creators. For businesses, a mission statement helps with approaching potential clients and shapes how you treat current clients and customers. For organizations, a mission statement helps attract people with the same vision and helps bring that vision to fruition. I have a mission statement for every aspect of my life - my work, family, relationships, faith. My church has a mission statement - "To love God, Love people, and awaken a movement." It reminds us to go out into the community and be love. It reminds us to bring others along on this amazing journey. It aligns our hearts, minds and actions towards a plan.
I encourage you to spend time developing your mission statement. Not everyone is lucky to have a clear-cut passion. For me, my purpose clearly had to be developed enough to warrant leaving a safe network of people and relationships in Ohio, to leave family, security, everything really, to a new beginning in Nashville. When things didn't develop as fast as I dreamed, I had to remind myself why I began.
I think that's a good place to start for everyone. Why did you begin doing what you're doing? When things get tough, remind yourself of that. It's what will carry you through every season.
When you figure it out, imagine yourself explaining it to a curious child.
Could you simplify it to their level? Could they understand what you're doing?
All things to think about.