Whew! I just needed to let that out because the last few weeks have been nothing short of eventful! I recently wrote about how I was about to be full steam ahead into my travel season that would take me to med schools and conferences across the country. What I neglected to consider was all the other parts of life that happen in between, the programmatic fires that would have to be extinguished from time to time, and the riveting surprises that bring success with almost always a side of new responsibility. But, no matter how consumed I am with all the details, I’m somehow invigorated by the challenge. My continued excitement and energy has much to do with God and less to do with me, but I also attribute it to the fact that I’m right where I should be. There was a time in my life where I was literally drained by boredom. I didn’t feel like my gifts, abilities, or knowledge was being utilized effectively. That was painful…like getting your body hair waxed for the first time painful (eek)! I felt undervalued and stuck in many ways. But, thankfully trouble doesn’t last always, and I can now say I’m moving, growing, and building in several arenas.
Last week as I was headed home from a trip, I found myself reciting a phrase that most of us probably know very well…”to whom much is given, much is required” (taken from Luke 12:48) This came following a sleepless night that was spent reviewing a few dynamic entrepreneurs and change seekers vying for a spot at TEDMED – the premiere conference for sharing creative ideas to transform the way we think and do health. As a 2016 TEDMED Research Scholar, I have the privilege and difficult task of helping to develop the TEDMED programming! Super exciting opportunity! But, as I was trying to wrap-up my usual duties from my business trip and still garner what was left of my mental acuity for the day to write a comprehensive review, I definitely had a moment of “what have I gotten myself into?” It’s funny how quickly you begin to doubt your abilities when the mountain before you looks steeper than anything you’ve ever climbed before. Of course that’s easy to overcome with a long prayer requesting angelic toothpicks to hold my eyes open and several bites of a blueberry muffin paired with espresso to keep me hanging on until the final click of the “Submit” button.
You can expect that when you’re in the right place at the right time for receipt of your designated assignments, you will be stretched. It’s part of the package. You will learn the true meaning of sacrifice and be detached from your usual patterns. You will have to do more not just because you’ve been furnished with more, but because you’ve been given all that you need to be more. The days will be long. The caffeine will be in short supply (I mean unless you have 24/7 accessibility to a Keurig). Everything inside you will want to bow out gracefully. But, the show must go on. And if you’re blessed to have a role, your presence is required. In the end, what is given to you deserves your best whether it’s giving a talk, organizing an event, writing a report, or baking for the community fundraiser. I bet you probably asked for this moment at some point after all. So, stay up[lifted], perform well (angelic toothpicks are indeed little miracles!), and believe in the possibility of the standing ovation. You’re only given what you have the ability to slay (you know in the 21st century pop culture kinda way)!