NOTE: Gina Robertson, our long-time friend and member of the Life Purpose Planning team, offered us her thoughts on “world changing”. We’d like to share them with you as well.
For the last few years, I’ve found myself growing a bit cynical when it comes to “being a world-changer.” I regularly encounter the young, invincible 18-year-old who heads out into the unknown ready to conquer whatever is before them. Failure isn’t even a thought while the glow of excitement and anticipation oozes from their pores. To this I generally say, “Do it! Change the world!” yet under my breath I add “while you still think you can.” They are on the brink of their God-given journey with full expectation!
But what do you do when you get a few “hard knocks” or when God doesn’t immediately fulfill all of your dreams? What do you do when you wake up and realize that you’re in this journey for the “long haul” and that it’s not going to be an all-nighter blitz to fully live out your purpose? As I’ve trudged along, I’ve often wondered deep down if the “good ol’ days” have come and gone.”
Recently the Lord jolted me back to reality through the movie, RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) and a statement from my Dad (Dewey Novotny). My dad mentioned that many individuals don’t view themselves as a world-changer anymore because they are living in their past deeds and accomplishments. In reality, their world has just changed! This has been my case… our little team has moved on, gotten married and live very busy lives. In some cases, it’s been like pushing a dream uphill… and after a while, that just gets discouraging. Then, in the movie RED, I watched retired CIA agents come out of the woodwork to bring justice once again to the world. Something in the movie stirred my heart as I identified with the agent in the nursing home… and another agent arranging a bouquet of roses. The gray hairs on their heads brought a certain “calm” in the midst of a chaotic plot and threat for extinction. With synergistic efforts, these seasoned veterans nonchalantly grabbed the old tools and talents from their past and moved into the future!
I’ve been delaying my attendance to the WC Summit because I never wanted to paint a picture of perfection or squash myself into a stereotypical mold that goes along with being a “world-changer.” However, with a few gray hairs on my 30-year-old head, I’m packing my tools, dreams, plans and can’t wait to rub shoulders those changing the world in a world of change!
With great expectation,
Gina C Robertson
PS. I highly recommend the use of TV Guardian or ClearPlay if you watch RED.