FORT LAUDERDALE – How many times do you encounter a Moment in your Life when you ask yourself, “What is My Life Purpose?” or perhaps, “Is this the Path that God wants me to take in my Life?”.
Isn’t it amazing how driving for Uber and Lyft can easily open up a new chapter in your book of Life called “Life Purpose 101” . On Sunday, I received a trip request from Johnny, a wheelchair-assisted person who suffered a traumatic injury as a result of a car accident last year that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
When I arrived at the pickup destination, he politely called on the Uber Contact Phone Line to request two extra minutes to get to the vehicle. In my rear view mirror, I saw him in his wheelchair making his way towards my vehicle. I tried to be calm while helping him into the vehicle and he taught me how to disassemble his wheelchair and fold it so that it would fit in the trunk. Here I was, “nervous – after completing 2,700 Uber trips and 589 Lyft trips”; my first trip request assisting a wheelchair-assisted rider.
Sadly, he told me about those few occasions when his drivers put the pedal to the metal and left the scene in a hurry when they see him in his wheelchair. Needless to say, I was moved by some of his stories; it highlighted the cruelty that so many disabled people have to tolerate on a day to day basis. Sadly, it also highlighted how many of us take our lives for granted; never really taking time to be thankful and grateful.
It made me think…what lessons can I derive from another person’s Tragedy? Is there some kind of Life Purpose to be gained from these Moments of Clarity? It was Robert Bault who said, “Sometimes in tragedy we find our life’s purpose. The eye sheds a tear to find its focus.”
Driving for Uber and Lyft has granted me the distinct privilege of assisting many disabled people who suffered some kind of traumatic event (i.e. suffered a debilitating stroke, a life-threatening medical crisis requiring a rush to the emergency room, etc).
In an article by Jodie Gale called “How to Turn a Personal Tragedy into Triumph”, she stated “throughout history, there have been many inspirational people who have shown us that even through unimaginable suffering and tragedy in life; it is possible to find value, meaning and purpose out of major life crises. They provide hope – in times of despair – that it is not only possible to merely survive, but to thrive and triumph in life”.
Accepting the Challenge of “ridesharing partner” means you have the privilege when you are called to bring comfort and support to others in their Moment of Crisis. Ridesharing goes above and beyond just transporting a passenger from Point A to Point B. In our age of instant gratification, it is sometimes rare for people to have real and engaging conversations with each other anymore and many of us just give up. They settle in Life for those empty illusions fixated on pixelated joysticks like SnapChat or Facebook; only to settle for mere remnant memories of once long-lasting friendships and bonds which were far less dependent on bandwidth access.
According to Suncear Scretchen, “It is often through tragedy and pain that we find our Life Purpose. Traumatic events have a way of showing us who we really are. Many allow it to defeat them and others use it as motivation to live a more meaningful life”.
A few minutes later after dropping of my Uber rider, I saw him engaging the lock on his wheelchair and getting into another vehicle in the mall parking lot. As he prepared to make his way to his next destination with the help of perhaps a family member or licensed caregiver, I recalled a great quote from Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” Johnny was a Messenger and my inspiration that day; “perhaps it’s time to engage inquiry for a clearer definition of one’s Life Purpose”.
Be inspired to Enjoy your Day. Learn more about Charles R. Swindoll, “The Grace Awakening: Believing in grace is one thing. Living it is another“.
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