I’ve been thinking a lot about my 2006 holiday letter that I sent out to family and friends. I was starting a new job with a new company and was at that time being asked repeatedly “…what’s your plan for the future…where will you be in five years…where are you going with your life?” The usual questions one might be subjected to while going through the interview process. I had explored leaving the hospitality industry, feeling; perhaps it wasn’t the right fit. But then a new and exciting prospect would come along pulling me back in with creative menu ideas, beautiful table linens, lighting, and the thrill of staying ahead of any opportunities that could possibly trip up our event day. It was this goal (challenge) of creating something fresh from an event concept.
Fast forward to 2013 and I’m ready to start down a new path in the hospitality industry. The previous year being fraught with stumbling blocks and hard decisions, my inner voice was becoming more insistent. My passions and ambitions were too often being left on the back burner and cooling. The realization was that I was spending measurably less time helping others and increasing amounts of time in a role that was becoming more perfunctory and certainly less satisfying.
With the guidance and encouragement of many friends and family I decided it was time to make a change. Given the time and experience I have gained working in this business it made certain decisions more plausible and this is where I would like to announce I am going to form my own event planning business after all. Certainly not a decision easily arrived at but one that goes to purpose and helps to answer the question about the meaning of work in our lives. To serve out a purpose that I know lives inside of me. I leave you with one of my favorite quotes by Lawrence Kushner, from that same letter I wrote in 2006.
“Each lifetime is the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. For some, there are more pieces. For others, the puzzle is more difficult to assemble. But I know this: you do not have within yourself all the pieces to your puzzle. Everyone carries with them at least one and probably many pieces to someone else’s puzzle. Sometimes they know it; sometimes they don’t know it. And when you present your piece, which is worthless to you, to another, whether you know it or not, whether they know it or not, you are a messenger from the Most High.”
Don’t stifle the things you love. If you feel convicted that it isn’t good enough, or isn’t meaningful enough, consider instead that these desires and talents — did not mistakenly get placed in you.