Today's #dailywritingchallenge is about purpose.
I'm not going to go all existential and start asking deep questions about moral purpose, it's a bit early in the day for that. What I do want to do though is ask a few questions which you might like to think about. I'm a governance consultant and clerk so I'm always going on about purpose especially when governors are visiting schools during the day time or meeting with teachers and leaders. What's the purpose of the visit? What are you hoping to get out of the visit? Can you find that information somewhere else? Can you tell me why the visit needs to take place? Underpinning this of course is all the information we have as governors and well being of staff...don't add to the workload by asking for information you can easily get for your self. So if a governor visits your classroom ask them specifically why they are there. I digress.
I've been thinking about purpose a lot especially since someone asked me, somewhat pointedly I might add, about my motivations. What is the purpose of governance and why am I actually here or there doing it? Am I doing it? And why? It all got a bit rabbit-holey at one point but the unfortunate enforced lock down has given me a chance to think. I'm not quite there yet but I'm getting there. I knew turning a mirror on motivations wasn't going to be easy but that's fine. We all need to stop and ask ourselves why from time to time. I do feel a renewed sense of purpose emerging from the rabbit hole and I also know that persistently focusing on purpose needs planning. It doesn't just happen overnight.
The questions are these;
Why do you do what you do? What are your motivations? Be honest with yourself on this one.
Can you see purpose in what you are doing? There's a difference I think between reason and purpose and we need to tease this out a bit more.
And finally what drives you forward? Is it personal or is for the collective good?