I was asked to write something, anything, for Britt to share on her blog. To be asked is special and I jumped at the opportunity, but when it came down to it, I had no clue exactly what I wanted to share. My mind is typically all over the place, like throwing a lit match in a box of fireworks. You don’t want to live in there. Pinning down just one thing to write on is a task. With a firm belief that the right thing will come at the right time, I just waited… I don’t really like to force the writing. By being still the perfect thing came to mind.
My inspiration came from a recent photo shared by Britt herself with the idea of: What stirs your soul?
I have spent years trying to find that thing; the one thing that fans the flame within you and keeps you up at night, the calling that God himself wrote onto your heart as He stitched you together. Some people find this in their careers, while the majority of us just work a job. Some people find it in hobbies or in the beauty of quality time with friends and family, maybe in travel. I, on the other hand, wasn’t and am not one of those people. In fact, to find my stirring and to solidify it, I had to travel half-way around the world.
Last December I got a job (see, a job) doing work I thought I would love. I have two certifications to do this job and a nursing degree and license to back it up. I loved this work, right?
Wrong. Within just two weeks of starting I felt the stirring. It’s not too hard to inspire me, turn on some music or show me a beautiful photo and something will spark my imagination. Often when I get this tiny little stirring, I take off running… searching for that next bite of inspiration, of what I mistakenly believe is a calling from God. In reality, that’s just a little sparkle of my gypsy soul that leaves me feeling just slightly unsettled. Regardless, last December was different because instead of hunting down that bite of inspiration, I was still. I prayed. I turned to a new(ish) relationship in my life that hadn’t failed me yet, my relationship with God. I asked to see what the stirring was all about; after all I had just landed a job I knew I’d love so what gives with the stirring?
Where did my inspiration come from? What was responsible for lifting the veil off of my calling, the thing that stirs my soul? Instagram. Yes, Instagram. That’s pretty cute huh? For once social media pulled through with a positive! The post on Instagram was about a medical outreach trip through Palmetto Medical Initiative, and just like that I was going to Africa. Seriously, it was that simple.
The trip wasn’t the stirring. The trip itself solidified the stirring, yes, but the true stirring is still there and I feel it every single day. In fact, there hasn’t been a day since last December where I haven’t felt it. So what is it? What stirs my soul?
Global needs. All of them: poverty, inequality, access to healthcare, hunger, and orphans. I love all of it. I want to change all of it. I study global health and nonprofits. I watch documentaries and movies that highlight the harsh realities of our world, and I love it. Seems pretty crazy right? I watch, study, and dive head first into the heart breaking realities of our world and I do it willingly. I prayed for God to open my eyes to the things that break His heart every day and for them to also break mine. Well, it happens almost every day and every day I am filled with renewed inspiration and motivation to change it. While I’m not in a place to start my own nonprofit at the moment and God hasn’t revealed my next step in this adventure, I am doing what I can.
I started my own blog, Just Cause, to share with others and shine a light on the realities of the world and on the beautiful people who work to create change every day through nonprofits and give back brands. That is what stirs my soul. World change stirs my soul. The hope for a better world for generations to come stirs my soul. Loving on people I will never know stirs my soul.
There’s a quote that reads, “If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.” This quote runs in my head frequently, especially over the last three years as I’ve tried to find the very thing that stirs my soul to the point that I move. I am extremely blessed to have found it and I pray that you, whoever you are reading this, finds it too because life has never been better.
Tiffani Tobe is a health coach by day and the author of Just Cause by night. On any given day in Indianapolis you’ll find her drinking coffee, listening to music, and doing her best to change the world.