Accepting The Big Call

“I want to end sexual abuse in America.”

Two years ago, Oprah interviewed Stacey Anne Lannert (, whose story is both incredibly tragic and deeply inspiring. Oprah asked what she was going to do now, having been released from prison after serving almost 20 years for killing her abusive father. Stacey, with profound certainty, said, “I want to end sexual abuse in America.”

This shocked me. Seriously, it did. It shocked me because it never occurred to me that ending sexual abuse was an option. I want it to end. I’ve even done a little bit in my life toward the cause. She wants to end sexual abuse in America. That was a bold move, and it caused a wave of discomfort to surge inside of me.

Then last year, I read a remarkable book called The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist. Woven artfully (truly artfully) into her powerful message are the personal experiences that led her to commit her life to ending world hunger.

Again, the discomfort took my breath away. The thing is… I like to win. Completion. Triumph. Winning, in the before Charlie Sheen hijacked winning way, is comfortable. It’s doable. I realized that my misplaced longing for completion and triumph, my constant pursuit of a “done” check mark in the proverbial to-do list of life, leaves me playing a small (read “winnable”) game.

These women chose to play BIG games, scary big in my eyes. Each one discovered her heart’s work, her life’s purpose, by honoring the whispers she heard urging her to use her gifts, experiences, and energy to end the most desperate conditions in which people live here on Planet Earth. They discovered their thing and they went for it, in a bold way. They craft their personal and professional lives around accomplishing the mission.

They shocked me with their bold declarations… and empowered me. They taught me that to play big we must be willing to risk a heartbreaking loss. This is a scary proposition for my fragile ego, but Stacey Lannert and Lynne Twist help me see that even a loss in the scary big game of living my life purpose can make more of a difference in the world than a win in the small and safe games of yesterday.

I want peace, not just inside of me, but here on this planet among all of its residents. I believe that every single one of us is here with an assignment that makes that possible. Life purpose, true calling… whatever you want to call it, we all have one.

My job is to cultivate peace by teaching personal empowerment. That’s what I do. It’s who I am. A mission as big as world peace is almost to much for me to comprehend but I’m working it, one day at a time, with clients come here to find them themselves. They want to discover what their lives are all about. They want to know and live their Life Purpose. They want to take back their power. It’s working and things are changing… one awakened human being at a time.

Do you have a sense of your life purpose? How do you finish this sentence? I was born to… . I say, accept the big call! Sign on the dotted line. Find out what you’re here to do and for the love of humankind, DO IT!


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago


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william Miller6 years ago


Loo Samantha
Loo sam6 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Lin Moy
Lin M6 years ago

good read

Tony C.
Tony C6 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to Graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others. Sex Education should be taught at an early age about Contraceptives, Masturbation and the other forms of sex.
Let's face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. They should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy,STD, AIDS ) I believe this is a solution. Nipping it in the Bud so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

Gary A L.
Gary L6 years ago


Silvia G.
Silvia G6 years ago

Thank you!!

Sue H.
Sue H6 years ago

Very inspiring! Thanks for posting
this article.

Mary Marchetti
Mary Marchetti6 years ago

Some people are writing that they are waiting to find their purpose, praying for guidance.That's great that you want to commit yourself, but God helps he who helps himself.Stacey underwent horrible abuse and tragedy to find her purpose, Lynne's "personal experiences" led her to her pursuit.Contributing to either of those causes would be good, but perhaps there is something else that is for you.You need to search for it, though.Learn what the needs of the homeless are in your area, check with the animal shelters to see what you could do, contact a rape crisis center, visit a nursing home, contact a soup kitchen, look online for organizations to help those in the armed forces and their families, check with a Head Start program in your area, look into Habitat for Humanity. There are so many needs out there to be fulfilled.No one person is going to end anything. It happens as each of us does what we can. If you want to help homeless individuals, but don't quite feel comfortable interacting with them--that's okay.Contact shelters and help collect toiletries and clothing to be donated. Women who are abused need help with starting new lives--collecting clothing appropriate for them to wear on an interview literally can make all the difference.So, I truly applaud those who want to commit to a purpose, but you need to search for it.In most cases, unless you go through a tragedy of some sort, it doesn't just land in your lap.Best wishes, and God bless you on your quest.