I was away this past week at a training course when I received a notification that it had been a year since I started blogging. It didn’t feel like it and as I laid there I quietly reflected on the marker, trying to decide what was on the radar of my mind and whether to put it on paper. This was what gnawed at my spirit:
Have you ever been in an environment or at an event and felt extremely inspired as a result? Well, I had three such experiences quite recently and I wanted to share.
The first one was when a friend of mine got inducted into the International Karate & Kickboxing Hall of Fame (IKKHOF). Joining the likes of Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and a few of the over one hundred inductees. What an accomplishment! The required mastery of so many disciplines, hours upon hours of instructing, sometimes for free. But most of all the dedication to a passion!
I am an avid martial arts fan, plot or not 🙂 So I was quite enthralled.
The second was the graduation of my beloved pastor, graduating with his Doctorate in Ministry. All the while working full time, pastoring full time and being a husband, father and grandfather full time. It was a beautiful day and the joy on his face was palpable. Such a commitment to pulling out the greater for God.
The last one was the reason I was at the training course in the first place. I was in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the University of Tennessee. Their Anthropology Department (The Body Farm) was renowned in the field of Forensic Anthropology. Dr. William ‘Bill’ Bass was the master mind behind the facility, starting it over 30 years ago, striving to make a contribution to science. A slim, spry man, who was now Professor Emeritus and who beamed like a man who has lived/and was still living his passion. Did I mention that he was 85 years old? Yep, still excited about bones and what they tell us, making his presentation with an antique projector…the one with the glass slides and picture slots 🙂 Recently having his own building named after him and having made an indelible mark in the field of Forensic Anthropology.
I listened attentively with admiration. It is my belief that when we find our niche in life…it is then we come alive. There is nothing better than using an instrument for the purpose for which it was made….
Have you found your niche? Is it teaching, preaching, writing, singing, owning a business, starting a career, continuing your education etc? Don’t let another day go by without finding out what motivates you down to your core. It makes every challenge worth it.