Many of us do not get to do what we are best at every day. I was so dramatically reminded of this today when I met Hank. Hank was the most engaged, most enthusiastic and most passionate individual I have seen In a very long time. And here is what’s really amazing to me, Hank was at work. To make matters more unbelievable, I was informed that Hank was shot in the back at his place of employment just over a year ago and nearly died. His recovery was slow, but he is back on the job.
To say watching Hank at work is inspirational just doesn’t do it justice. It is moving at a deep level to see the art of what he does. You are moved by the mastery of it. You begin to believe there is order to the universe that unites artists with canvas and musicians with sound. Some things are just made to be. Hank was made to do this. He was bred for it, he was born for it, he was trained for it and you can tell that he wants to do nothing else.
Hank’s job? He is a pointer at one of the countries best upland game hunting habitats called Ringneck Country in Western Kansas. You get a sense from this OFA certified hunting dog that nothing else on the planet is more important than the hunt. His excitement is contagious, and if you ever miss a shot at a bird that Hank has flushed, you can sense his disappointment in you not fulfilling your end of the bargain. Not in a judgmental way, but in a way that inspires you to be better at your part, because Hank is perfect at his. And even though he was shot just over a year ago by a careless hunter, Hank is back in the field with no less enthusiasm and passion.
It is a joy to watch something fully engaged in the thing that they love. Find what you are passionate about, what you were made to do, and do whatever it takes to see that through. Your purpose is something that no one else in the universe can aspire to, and you were created to do it