Hello everyone. This week has been a very interesting week for me. I have a story to share with you.
I have served on the Alzheimer's Association as a local board member for 3 years now. I had made the decision to take a break at the end of this last year as I am in the process of learning the process of saying NO on occasion. Four years ago, I moved to Lake Charles, La and I knew noboby. Today, I have a vast network and I find myself everywhere and involved with so many worthy causes. This is great and I have been extremely blessed to be accepted into this community as my wife, Pam and I have. However, Pam and I have a dream of building a Log home overlooking the Cumberland Mountains on Norris Lake in Tennessee.
With this being said, we have a 2-3 year plan to transition out of Lake Charles, La and move to Tennessee to accomplish this dream. This is what shaped my decision to let go of the Alzheimer's Association board seat. It is time to wind down on many of my commitments by learining how to gracefully say NO to those endeavours, although worthy, will tie me to Lake Charles and could in the long run hinder the focus on my thriving business so that our dreams stay underfunded and just outside of reach.
Then, 12 weeks ago, the MKMMA is delivered into my life and the Definite Major Purpose takes shape. Yes, the log home is a part of that DMP.
Here is where it gets really interesting though. So is GIVING massive amounts of money to the Alzheimer's Association and 4 other charities. Hmmm. The new blue print and the subby begin to work the magic.
I resigned my seat at the Alzheimer's Association a couple of days ago and when I did, something just did NOT feel right. I was not sure just what it was so I tried to ignore it (old blueprint rearing it's head). I slept on it and the next morning, on the way to work, my wife called me and said that she just did not think that the decision was justified and asked me to reconsider. It hit me like a ton of bricks right then. I immediately called the Director and asked her to rip up my resignation. Further more, I told her that I needed to be MORE involved not LESS involved.
Overnight, my entire countinence and reason for resigning became invalid. As we have learned in the MKEMMA, GIVING is so important. I am so excited to GIVE even more this next year and to let go of something else that does NOT reflect my Definite Major Purpose and can be released.
One of my Tribe members, when I was sharing some of this on Marco Polo, responded with an amazing thought process.
Deborah made the point that my NEW blue print allowed me to sleep on it for a night with an uneasy understanding only to help me see that it was not about releasing but GIVING MORE.
I love this process and I love the future Troy Van Dyke