It’s been over a yea since Beyonce’s “Formation” blazed through radios, smart phones, and computers around the world. Some audiences were captivated by her choreography, and other people were drawn to the controversy of her messages.
Today, we want to acknowledge that the popular anthem initiated conversations society should have started a long time ago: self-identity, evolution, and purpose. Shortly after the “Formation” video dropped, the word formation became engrained in many people’s vocabulary. Now that pictures of women together with the captions and hashtags “formation goals” and “ladies let’s get in formation” have been posted all over social media, we’re still at risk of not being in formation with our purpose.
Take a look at the definitions below:
Formation: A structure or arrangement of something.
Purpose: The reason for which something exists.
Self: A person's essential being that distinguishes them from others.
Each word is powerful separately, but can you imagine the impact you have on yourself and others when you align with your purpose through first discovering your true identity?
Who are you? What are your core values? What are you passionate about? What qualities do you want to embody? What are the times you are most inspired? Would you be so bold to switch out Beyonce’s lyrics with your own and tell millions of people who you are?
At the recent United State of Women Summit First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama said, “our first job in life as women is to get to know ourselves.”
If your job is a healthcare provider, you most likely set an alarm to wake up, drink coffee to stay up late, and read a book to continue education. In other words, you’re intentional about excelling in your field. If we can all agree that our first job is in fact to get to know ourselves, then we have to be intentional about it.
Nicole Thomas, MSN, RN, CCM