One of my many business cards identifies me as an “inspired generalist.” Very true. A constant in my life is a tendency to value the broad background & wide view over restricted interests & narrow perspective.
That irked my college’s Ed Department – I wanted to teach, so why take a degree in Religion & Philosophy over a stack of “Teaching of…” courses? They were NOT happy that I nabbed a position & even less when I didn’t fall to pieces. Even within the school, the prinicipal was alarmed at my goal to tap into my students innate knowledge rather than fall into lockstep with the call & response techniques of the late ’70s.
I was considered a renegade, a disquieting outlier, a disrupter of status quo.
Still am. I remain a big believer in the broad v. narrow approach to what I do. My strength comes from the breadth of my interests. It has served me well.
Now, am eager to embrace a bit of specialization. It’s time. Time to look at what I do, what I offer, then do some picking & choosing, taking what I’ve gleaned over the years, putting it into a form to help others now & serve as a stepping stone for others down the road, even after I’ve shuffled off this mortal coil.
To leave all the “no longer an option” paths behind, striking off on in a definite direction with a clear end in view. And to realize acknowledge accept that I’m going to be startled by ruffling feathers of those ensconced in “areas of expertise,” that some will always experience me as a gadfly rather than solutionist.
So being it. God created me to be a change agent, the trapper heading into uncharted territory on the hunch of tracking down the special, of finding the wondrous & engaging.
What does that look like? I had a goal throughout my college studies. What is it in my here & now?
Get clear, get going. Because the only way to make the depth of difference I feel created & called to make is to figure it out.
Figure it out, move it forward. Dip into the richness of my background, the breadth of my vision & get moving in a definite direction, with a definite end in mind.
Because what’s the sense of it all if not to forge something lasting.
“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” ~ Tom Landry ~