Posted by Caleb Summerfelt on Jul 01, 2018
Growing up, I always wanted to help, it was simply in my blood, and I knew I needed to help my community. For me, it wasn’t if I should help, it was how I should help. I stumbled through many organizations claiming to help, but at the end of the day the fit wasn’t right, and the organization's impact on the community was negligible, and I didn’t feel that I was able to help those in need. After I earned my Masters in Architecture, I quickly realized, that while I loved the design field, this was not a practical way to help. My second master and my Ph.D. were in an engineering field, and while I loved school, I was still missing the possibilities of giving back or helping the community.
For me, when I joined Rotary three elements stand out, the first element is friendship, the second was personal development, and third, I had the chance to make a difference. Together, 1.3 million like-minded people, Rotarians, joined together to eradicate polio, a task that would be impossible for anyone to accomplish alone.
As the Chief Information Officer for a manufacturing facility, I love my job, every day is a different adventure, but ultimately at the end of the day, or at the end of the week, I look back, and I realize that daily life can be tough. We wake up, we go to work, deal with the boss, make some money, come home, try to have a personal life, go to bed, wake up, and repeat. After continually going through this cycle, we start to question why do we do what we do. Why do we keep in this cycle?
Traditionally human beings live their lives by accident, we live as life happens, but we can’t forget, fulfillment comes when we live our lives with purpose.
We want to wake up inspired, we go to work, come home and feel fulfilled each day, but how do we do this? The answer to that question is simple. We need to discover our WHY, we are better able to find the clarity and confidence to choose the careers, organizations, communities, and relationships that are most likely to inspire us if we can identify our WHY.