Episode #: 003 Main topic: What’s My Purpose? Welcome message: Hello everyone and welcome to, “Be the Hero”, episode three. I’m your host, Tony Hooker and this is a podcast dedicated to helping you become a person of action so you can find your passion and become the hero of your own story. Today’s episode is all about purpose. Let’s get started… Main message: Welcome and thank you for joining me for today’s episode. As I said in the intro, today we are talking about purpose. Purpose is very important to us when it comes to being the hero of our own story because purpose is what’s going to drive you forward if you run into obstacles, or things start to get it your way as you reach for your dreams and you try to achieve your goals. Your purpose is that driving force that’s going to keep you moving when things get difficult. So you have to be clear about what your purpose is because if you’re not, you’re going to get discouraged and then you’re going to quit. 1:22 - To start off this conversation today about purpose, I want to read you a story. This story was written by my father, and it was written about a time when I was just a few years old. By the time I finish reading this story, I think you will understand a little bit more about my purpose. After the reading, I come back and we’ll talk about it a little more. This story is called “The Long Wait”. 1:52 - The Long Wait The day finally came that we were to become parents. It had been a long four year wait. But the day came at last. Our social worker called and said she would like to come over and talk with us. She said she had some good news. As we waited for her to get to the house, my wife and I talked and wondered if we were getting a baby or older child. We decided that we would only adopt a child up to four years old or two children under four. The doorbell rang and I answered, asking Miss Garwood, our social worker, to come in. She had her arms full of paperwork. With an ear-to-ear smile on her face, she sat back in a rocking chair. As she relaxed she said, “You won’t believe this, but we have three little ones for you.” Speechless, my wife and I just looked at each other. Completely forgetting about the decision that we had made earlier, we asked, “When can we get them? What do we do? Where do we go?” Miss Garwood said, “Wait a minute! You don’t even know what they look like or anything about them. Melinda is five years old, Sheldon is four, and Anthony’s two. They all have blonde hair and blue eyes.” She said they had been in foster homes since Anthony was two months old. The mother just abandoned them at the local welfare office and took off. All we wanted to know was when we could get them. Miss Garwood gave us the date, time, and place that we could see them. We had another week to wait out. The week passed slowly as we made preparations throughout the house. Some friends and even people we didn’t know gave us toys and clothes for the kids. Christmas was only a few days away and every little bit helped. Now it was the day we were to make our trip to the northern part of the state to meet the children. We got up early and dressed up, not knowing what the day was going to bring, or how it was going to end. We decided to eat breakfast on the road in order to make better time. After about four hours on the road we finally arrived in the small town where we were to meet another social worker. We found the welfare office which looked like something out of the Civil War era. It was an old two story brick building. After we entered the building we just stood there inside the door. There was a damp, musty odor in the air. There wasn’t a directory so we didn’t know where to go. We took a chance and went up a flight of brown wooden stairs. We were in the right place. We found an information office wher
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