In my first post to L+E+S, I explained that the blog's name reflects three categories of activities I most enjoy. While I have always loved learning, exploring and sharing, only in the past year have I begun focusing on these Three Things (as I call the categories) with intention and begun to view learning, exploring and sharing as my life's true purpose.
How I Discovered my Three Things
Reading a fabulously inspirational blog called Chookooloonks, I became intrigued by the blogger's story of following her dreams. I thought this method would finally lead me to "what I’m supposed to be doing with my life." I basically went along with the blog's outlined steps: On index cards, I wrote down every activity I could think of that I enjoy doing. The next day, I looked at each of the cards and wrote what it was about that activity that I loved. From there, I sorted the cards into patterns, and my Three Things quickly became clear. Though for the blog I've boiled my Three Things down to learning, exploring and sharing, this list shows the results of my "find what you love" exercise:
- I love to improve & challenge myself.
- I love to explore: myself, my relationships, my world.
- I love to share & connect with those who are important to me.
Interestingly, my Three Things match up well with my Strengths revealed in the
Now, Discover Your Strengths quiz. (I've linked, though, to the book StrengthsFinder2.0, which gives six strengths instead of the original five.) According to the Gallup formula, my Strengths are: Learner, Intellection, Deliberative, Connectedness and Input. Recognizing the parallels between my Strengths and my Three Things validates, to me, that I'm on the right path.
How Discovering my Three Things Has Been a Gift
My Three Things stand like road signs, helping me make sure I continue down my true path. Certainly not everything I do allows me to learn and explore and share; however, when I have a new opportunity or am asked to volunteer my time or skills, I can check my personal road signs. When I am choosing how to spend my time, I try to consider my Three Things. When I feel like I’m in a funk, I look at my Three Things to help me find a way out. And when I feel reluctant to walk down a new path, I check my Three Things to see whether that particular path is on my true map.
You certainly would not be reading this were it not for my Three Things. Simply put, my Three Things have encouraged me to invest daily time and effort into the life-energizing activities I love. Continuing to unwrap the gift of discovering what I love, I'm finding more surprises and joy in each new day.