what you were born to do

This morning I had such an amazing experience, I just have to share.

We got to the pool right at our normal swim lesson time, but we noticed a few extra people there.  Usually there are just one or two other families either in the middle of a lesson or getting changed to leave, but today there was an extra guy there talking with some of the kids.  It seemed like he was getting ready to get into the water, so I wasn’t really sure what was going on.

Then our instructor explained that it was Dr. Barnett, the founder of ISR!  I guess that he lives near by and sometimes stops by the community center where we go for lessons. Our instructor suggested that he take Little G for a bit to work on his breath control.  You see, Little G LOVES to keep his mouth open when he goes under water.  Silly dude.  I’ve been trying to get him to stop, but I guess there’s not really any sense reasoning with a 16-month-old…

The 10 minute lesson that followed was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed.  Dr. Barnett had never met us or Little G before and in just a matter of minutes had him kicking under water and floating on his back.  It was amazing to witness the instinctive way that he handled Little G.  He frequently came back over to the edge of the pool to explain what he was doing, and to give the other instructor tips about how we was accomplishing everything.

It was basically the difference between having the real thing and a carbon copy.  I have no problem with our other instructor.  Technically, she has been using all the same tools and training techniques….but she just simply wasn’t the creator of them.  He knows this stuff because he invented it, not because he was taught it.  It runs in his blood.  It is simply who he is, not something he does.

We were watching a master at work, doing what he was born to do.

I was filled with awe and wonder.  I wanted to just stay all day and watch him work.  All too quickly, our lesson was over and his next appointment had arrived, a 6 or 7 month old and he transitioned to an entirely different manner without missing a beat.  With our big guy he had been fast-paced and upbeat, with the infant he was gentle and calm, soft-spoken and reassuring.  It is so incredible to watch someone operating in their sweet spot.

It made me wonder what I was born to do.  Am I ever going find the thing that oozes out of my pores?  Will I always be an imitator of someone else’s masterpiece, or will the day come when I am the initiator?

Ever witnessed an expert at work? 

Do you know what you were born to do?


13 thoughts on “what you were born to do

  1. Oh gosh, that’s deep! I think I’m with you, I’m not sure I’ve found what I was born to do, or maybe I have and just can’t recognize it. Confidence and the belief in yourself comes into play here. I also don’t think everyone can be an expert in one particular area, or maybe we can, not sure! Interesting topic and that must have been really cool to witness!
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    1. I do too! I was thinking about it, and I’m not sure I really know that many people who are following their true calling. I maybe know one person that I can say, Yeah, he was BORN to do that!

  2. That is incredible. It is always beautiful when you see an expert at their craft. I’ve seen plenty of people good at what they do, but I am always in awe at animals and how they were given certain abilities that only they have. Bears fishing, birds fishing, etc. Always amazes me.

    So glad little g is learning to swim, so very important.
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    1. I hadn’t thought of the animal angle, but you are totally right! They are perfectly designed to do exactly what they do. If only we didn’t have to figure it all out on our own :)

    1. I agree! I actually thought of elite runners too. I’ve only seen a few of them in real life, and I’m always amazed at how tiny they are…they were truly born to do exactly what they are doing!

  3. That’s so cool! I had a wonderful small group for years at church and our leader was a transplant surgeon, I was awed at times when his wife would share about how he had changed someone’s entire existence doing surgery. He was always very humble and some procedures would be like ten hours and he was always super focused. I admire anyone who has that. I have no idea why I am here, just hanging out lol no real gifts to speak of.
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  4. Wow, that sounds so cool! So lucky that you were there when he was. I agree it would be super cool to be that passionate about something & that good about it. Sometimes, I feel like I’m that way when I’m teaching, but that is only like 2% of the time. The rest of the time I feel like I suck. LOL

  5. How awesome to see such a great master at work.
    That is a very hard question. Maybe some of us born to do one particular talent while others are born to ponder this question and do many many things rather than focus on one career or life path? The only thing I feel I can say for sure what I was born to do is: be me/explore this world. But as for jobs/careers/what I want to do when I ‘grow up’? Hmm, that one is ever changing and evolving. Maybe I’ll never find out the answer to that one, so I’ll stick with: I was born to see the world. :)
    I think that you are not an imitator of someone else’s work Dawn, but you are YOU in your own right! It’s ok to not know what you want to do or feeling like you haven’t found your niche like others. Way ok :)

  6. Wow that is so cool. Seeing people doing something that comes so naturally to them definitely makes you wonder what it is that you yourself do that comes naturally. That’s a really deep question. I am a teacher and like teaching, but does it come naturally? Am I a master? No. No way. That’s a pretty high standard to set oneself up to, though. Maybe being “okay” at several things is just as good as being a master at one thing? Who knows!

  7. I’ve thought about this a lot because I’ve always felt I was good at a lot of things but never great at something.

    I know that I love teaching, but I still have so many insecurities about it and often doubt if I’m a “good” teacher. I’m not sure if there’s something everyone is born to do?? Maybe some are luckier than others?? I don’t know. I love thinking about it though–thanks for a great, thoughtful post!
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  8. I’m always amazed by all the talented people I encounter, even if the talents are something like teaching little ones or other things that some people just seem to fail to notice. I’m hoping there are a few of those talents that I can one day harness into a fulfilling career. =D It’s not to late to find out about those, I suppose!
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