Our Need for Hope, Purpose and Belonging

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I have been reading “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Dr. Viktor Frankl. Though I am only half way through, I believe this book is truly a must read for every human on this planet.
The horrors that people went through as “numbers” in Auschwitz (and other camps) were beyond unspeakable. Regular people, who were like you and me — today — were removed from their homes, their families, their identities, their ego — and, many millions — from living. None of their degrees or jobs or possessions mattered. Their position in life’s hierarchy, what we are taught to strive for, was erased.
This morning I see things through new eyes — and feel an overwhelming amount of gratitude I have for my life, for my freedom, for my choice… for the grace that allowed me to walk through my home, to open my refrigerator, to make my coffee (although materialistic things) emphasize the ability I have to make a choice in my moment over my actions and my thoughts.
It is with increased realization that I know how it is truly up to me to decide if I want to think thoughts of drudgery for a Monday “back to work” morning, or if it serves me better to choose thoughts of gratefulness that I have the freedom and the choice to make the decisions on how to go through my day.
In the end, although we are taught that the quest “things” are what make us happy in our materialistic society, perhaps it is truly time to learn how these material things mean nothing.
Perhaps we need to teach, instead, and to shift to what is more important — the sense of belonging, hope and purpose we long to feel in our hearts. I believe a sense of purpose and belonging are most important to keep us moving forward and to create a joyful life for ourselves, our families and our community.
Despair is not a short journey. I truly believe that, through self-awareness, we can help people shift their thinking to create the purposeful life each of us need and desire.
I believe every moment of our day should feel like we are at “play”. If we are not, we need to stop, evaluate our situation, and find opportunities to change our experience.
I believe that it’s time to enjoy your life.

I believe that it is TIME to Play <3 Love, Doreen Guma

PS — for coaching for Self-Awareness, one of the 26 Emotional Intelligence skills, please call the Time to Play Foundation, 631-331-2675 or email doreen@timetoplay.com

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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC:  Doreen holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Masters in Business and Policy Studies, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach, Certified Professional Coach, Certified Life Coach, and the author of the book, If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Our Quest for Quality of Life.

Doreen is the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit organization with the mission and purpose to enrich the lives of others through programs, public awareness outreach activities, events and learning opportunities that further the concept of enjoying life.  The Foundation’s website, www.TimetoPlayFoundation.org, has resources, events and articles for a person to learn what they need to know for a better life.  Contact Doreen at 631-331-2675 or email: doreen@timetoplay.com

The Foundation offers an unconventional approach in a non-threatening manner to provide solutions for the life situations that people may encounter.  Working in healthcare since 1987, and with her background in quality improvement, she has followed statistics showing our society’s current evolution to be more “sick and sad”.   She developed the Time to Play Philosophy:  you have to be happy, healthy, have money and a work / life balance for quality of life and believes everyone has the ability to enjoy life.

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