When the two leaders asked for a volunteer to come up front and be their “guinea pig client” to demonstrate how to find life purpose, I raised my hand. I already knew what my life purpose and passion was. This would be a piece of cake!
Standing between the two leaders and in front of at least 50 people, they asked, “What is your passion?”
“Orphans,” I said, with confidence.
Suddenly, I was overcome with emotion. Please understand this is not normal behavior for me. I was wearing my “I have it all together adoptee mask,” after all!
But, I couldn’t stop the tears. I turned my back to the crowd, putting my hands over quivering lips.
“This is a normal reaction when people find their passion,” the coaches said. “Often, the passion hits deep cords and tears come, very unexpectedly.”
After I turned around, they asked, “And, what happened in your life that you feel a passion for orphans?”
“I was an orphan,” I whispered.
Then, they asked, “And, what do you want to do with this passion?”
With a hoarse voice, I answered, “I want to hold each one of them and tell them that they’re not forgotten.”
The teaching they gave afterwards has been emblazoned on my heart as I have taken steps to find my life purpose.
(This excerpt is from Chapter 21 of the upcoming 20 LIFE-TRANSFORMING CHOICES ADOPTEES NEED TO MAKE. May not be reproduced. Copyright, 2015, Sherrie Eldridge).
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