Back in the USA
Well, it is another week and I am still adjusting to working within the office and shifting gears from the work I have been a part of for the past 6 months in the communities within Western Kenya. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if my PULSE assignment really happened. In fact my first week back in the office I kept having flashbacks of getting ready to leave for my assignment and a little feeling of envy would sit in my stomach. I feel like I have a heart string that is still connected to the people I worked with in Kenya and it is continuously being tugged during random moments in my days. I believe this cord will always be feeding me in some way and it will be quite a journey to see how it continues to allow me to show up differently in my life now that I am back.
As part of our PULSE assignment we are asked to present our experience to internal and external audiences when we return. I have been spending time trying to find the best way to really touch people and share the impact of my work and experiences. It has been a bit of a struggle since there are so many different experiences to share both personally and professionally. Also, I am finding there are requests for presentations lasting anywhere from 10min- 1 hour; as you can imagine this can make the task even more challenging when you truly have a story to tell 🙂
I had the opportunity to share my PULSE experience at the Early Talent GSK Reveal Event held this past Friday at the Navy Yard. The event hosted about 100 undergraduate students from 11 area schools. The students were able to learn more about the diversity in career paths at GSK through a panel discussion, presentations on some of our service work within communities and the ability to network with various GSK employees. I didn’t really think much about the event as a whole but seemed to hone in mostly on what I was going to share with this audience. The result was inspiring; I realized just how exciting it is to be around this generation getting ready for the start of their careers. Many of them came by my table during the networking opportunity and shared with me their dreams of wanting to give back to the communities and be a part of something bigger than themselves. You see this is what I started my talk with, a cool picture of a jaguar (the beautiful animal) drinking from the waters of the universe with a motivational message I found in the book, Secret Letters from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. (How is that for diverse? 🙂 ) I often read these secret letters to keep me grounded and remind me of the beauty in my life. (I am not sure if I shared this one in a past blog and if I did maybe it is here again to remind you or this message needed to come to you at this moment)
Stand for Something Bigger than Yourself
There are no extra people alive today. Every single one of us is here for a reason, a special purpose–a mission. Yes, build a beautiful life for yourself and those you love. Yes, be happy and have a lot of fun. And yes, become successful, on your own terms rather than on those suggested to you by society. But—above all else—be significant. Make your life matter—be of use. And be of service to as many people as possible. This is how each of us can shift from the realm of ordinary into the heights of the extraordinary. And walk among the best who have ever lived.
Connecting with these young adults got me thinking about all I can be doing to continue to support the work I have been involved as well as ideas of how this can build into something much bigger in the future. I have already heard from a few of the students and look forward bringing us all together to begin brainstorming. I am shown on a regular basis just how the decisions we make, opportunities we are willing to see and the action needed to truly live a life of purpose with inspiring people. This Friday my affirmation spoke to me: “Everyone changes, and I allow change in everyone.” We all talk about the change around us, our own changes but what strikes me here is allowing the change in everyone.
Think about it….. I know I will 🙂
Sending you blessings!