It seems to me like many people I know are asking the question, “What is my purpose? What am I here to do?” Even the November issue of the Oprah Magazine addresses it on the front cover. So why is this so important to people? Why is it that no matter what age people are, they are continually searching for their calling?

As a rabbi, Harold Kushner tends to many people in their final days. In his book, Living a Life that Matters, he shares this revelation from his experiences: “Most people are not afraid of dying; they are afraid of not having lived. What frightens them more is the dread of insignificance, the notion that we will be born and live and one day die and none of it will matter.”

This I understand. My calling is like an ache within me, waiting to be fulfilled. It is not a title at work, or a corner office. It is not a bigger house or a new car. It is my soul’s yearning to live a life that matters, a life in which I can share my unique gifts with the world, contribute and leave my mark.

Mastery I was a gift to me. In revealing and declaring my STAND, I experienced an immediate shift in my level of personal fulfillment. I found the soul in my daily work, as I journeyed towards doing my soul’s work.

Mastery I offers a celebratory experience of the uniqueness of each individual, of the contribution that each one is to the world and the magnitude and magnificence of life. Why identify your STAND? Many cultures honor the individual in naming ceremonies. In a sense, naming your STAND accomplishes the same end. It identifies the gift that is rooted in your heart. It is the fullest expression of who you are.

It was not until I attended Mastery I that I truly fathomed the kind of life that was available to me. It was a natural progression after completing the Excellence Series, that I found myself more open to the question, why am I here? In fact, Mastery was created in response to graduates asking for “something more”, and that something more is personal meaning in life.

What kind of life do you want to live? How will you leave your mark, and contribute your unique identity; the one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable gift that you are to the world?

~ Christina Bianchini, Graduate of Excellence Series & Graduate Series