This morning I had brunch at Cork Bistro. Not because of the amazing reputation of the chef or the diverse menu selection, but because of Burk. Burk was a long time resident and cornerstone of the community. A simple man who enjoyed a shot of Bucca and a Budweiser. In memory of his passing, 20% of all sales today are being donated to a local children’s organization. In passing, the man and his legacy continues on to help the next generation have all the chances at a great life similar to the one he led. Burk was a kind man with a warm heart who cared about his family, friends and the community and the power of that influence has carried over even while he lay in his eternal resting place. That is a healer.
1. To make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment.
2. To bring to an end or conclusion, as conflicts between people or groups, usually with the strong
implication of restoring former amity; settle; reconcile: They tried to heal the rift between them but
3. To free from evil; cleanse; purify: to heal the soul.
*Courtesy of Dictionary.com
In the last week, two individual whom I have closely counseled and provided guidance and assistance to in their pursuit of a perfect career move found their calling and were recognized for the true talent they bestow.
Emily upon receiving a job offer one hour after the conclusion of her interview in Silicon Valley sent me an instant message:
“I got the job! I got the job! After 22 months of looking and 12 months in San Francisco, I’m moving”
It was such an uplifting message to be compared to the great speeches of Braveheart or Lou Gehrig.
Ok, maybe not to that extreme, but to see the enthusiasm and pure exhilaration in her heart was the most rewarding thing I could ever ask for.
Transforming herself from a young benefits analyst in the non-profit sector to an HR Business Leader supporting all human resource functions for a fast paced technology company, Emily has found her dream calling. That is quite a testimony to her potential and her skills. All this came about with hard work, diligence, and the ability to leverage her abilities and expose herself to network within her industry who found and recognized her passion and aptitude.
Candice recently took advantage of an open niche and transformed, in true Wonder Woman style, from a career in education to a Social Media Consultant without limits or boundaries. She has tirelessly educated herself on the key elements of social media studying the marketing, branding, image recognition, networking and communication domains to put herself in a position to not only shift career paths, but to be a successful consultive asset. She has started a new company and has been approached and hired as the one and only social media consultant for a media/web design company. This is a tremendous accomplishment for a woman who just learned what Twitter was no more than a year ago.
We all have the ability to heal. Whether we are doctors, athletes, educators or industry leaders, our expertise is a tool to be shared. We have to power to influence others and help guide them to a path of success. We can fall into the deep trenches of recession and let statistics and money weigh down our mood or use the talents we possess to reach out to the community and offer ourselves to those that really can benefit from our wisdom and direction. Now is the time, more than ever to heal.
It is that medicine that, in the end, will end up healing you with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
When you help someone, you aren’t just doing a good deed, you are healing because pain is not often felt from just the outside.