I was the watching NBA Finals recently and the comment was made that one of the head coaches was “born to coach”. We’ve heard it said more than once about people in many different areas of work and life. I’ve also heard it said that some were “born to be musicians”. Speaking of musicians one said we were “Born to Run”. (sorry)
On a more thoughtful note when the phrase was said it got me thinking. If we’re honest we have and may still ask “what was I born to do”? I know I have asked myself in reflective moments and still do at times. Most recently, I have been thinking about what I was born to do when my time in education is done. Yes, there is retirement sometime in the future but that doesn’t mean I will quit working, play endless games of pickleball, rounds of golf and stop trying to make an impact.
I don’t know if I was born to be a teacher, a coach or an administrator but that is what I have done and I do have absolutely no regrets whatsoever with what I have done for the past 36 years. I am grateful.
Here is what I do believe we should be about in regards to the “born to” question.
We were born to live, lead, dream, love, learn and grow. We were born to be kind, show grace, offer encouragement, be a blessing to others and serve others.
What line of work we do it in varies and may change at times. If we are lucky the work will be something we are passionate about and have the talent and skill set to do well.
No matter what we do now, or what we may do in the future, it is important that we do what we were born to do. If we do what we were born to do we have a greater chance to be who we were born to be.
Made For This Moment is a collection of writings for living day to day on the journey that we are all on. Todd Gordon is the Director of Activities at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, IA. He has been in education for 36 years serving as a teacher, coach, and an administrator.
He has been married to his wife Deb for over 37 years and they have three married children and five grandchildren.
Todd wants to help you on your journey any way that he can because he believes that we are all better when we go through life together and with teammates.
You find him on Twitter and Instagram at @toddagordon.