The Purpose calls for us to strive to be the best women we can be. I take the expectations it sets forth very seriously. No matter whether it's at work, with Alpha Gam commitments or with my family, my goal is to look back at each day and feel as if I gave it everything I had.
I think the easiest way I can inspire others to Live with Purpose is to show my love and enthusiasm for the Fraternity. It has been my experience that people migrate towards those who show excitement about what they're doing. I also believe that one must lead by example. I think role modeling the behaviors expected from others is a great way to yield positive outcomes.
The first line reminds us that one never stops learning, and that our thirst for knowledge will never be satisfied. As a professional, I try to take the opportunity to learn from others and seek out educational opportunities whenever possible. The Fraternity constantly offers its volunteers and members different developmental programs through The Leadership Conference, programs at International Convention and through The Leadership Institute-Women with Purpose, Inc.
The second line reaffirms that we must take care of ourselves so that we have the ability to devote time to the other parts of the Purpose. In today's fast paced world, it is easy to get caught up in the daily grind and let your health suffer. I appreciate how the Fraternity recognizes a sound mind and body and integrates various activities to ensure we're living this line, such as with the Walk to 2010 Challenge and the philanthropy walks that occur at Convention.
As an extrovert, I love the third line. I enjoy meeting new people and hearing their stories and learning what makes them unique. One of the most rewarding experiences I have had in the Fraternity is learning from the women who came before me.
The fourth line stresses the importance of taking time to maintain the friendships we have built and continue to make the investment in strengthening those friendships. As a former Girl Scout and International Baccalaureate student, I have been involved in community service my whole life.
The fifth line of the Purpose explains the value of civic engagement, and this line is one that I feel our alumnae chapters and clubs exhibit constantly. In my local alumnae group, I look forward to spending time with my sisters raising awareness for diabetes or gathering items so underprivileged children can celebrate winter holidays.
In reference to the sixth line, I think that this is where we can really see how Alpha Gamma Delta's bonds of sisterhood spread. I love that Alpha Gamma Delta accepts all religious backgrounds and that the Fraternity simply asks its members to honor their 'home.' I think this line promotes a broader line of thinking so that we're constantly evaluating our impact on others, no matter where they are on the globe.
The seventh line is the one I equate with maintaining integrity and treating others with kindness and respect.
The eighth line is the one I call on when I think I am having a bad day, because it calls us to take a second to stop and revel in the beauty around us that comes in a variety of forms. While I am not a huge fan of rainy days, this line of the Purpose allows me to reframe my perspective, think about the refreshing aspects of rain and how it will benefit so many other parts of nature.
The ninth line allows us to strive to be the perfect woman but provides us with reassurance that it is acceptable if we don't always achieve it.
The final line gives us a summary of what Alpha Gamma Delta as an organization wants for all of her members."
- Allison Hinson Kenney, Theta Omicron-Western Carolina University