Nolen Rollins and I first met through our mutual association with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He told me about the GPS (God’s Plan for Significance) Life Journey Program. My wife, Mary, and I hosted a GPS session in the spring of 2019. The timing of developing a personal mission statement, a major part of GPS, was ideal.
I was retiring within months, so crafting my own mission statement greatly impacted my thinking about how to approach the next chapter of my life. My mission is to “Glorify God by focusing on family, health and other Spirit-led opportunities which leave a legacy of impact.” This statement has guided me every day of my retirement journey. The photo is from Halloween of 2021 and captures how much fun we are having with our three precious grandkids.
When we first moved back to Pittsburgh to be close to family after retiring, Mary and I had childcare responsibilities four days a week due to the pandemic. In addition, I have placed a much higher priority on both my spiritual and physical health. Exercise is now a scheduled part of most days, and I’ve come to enjoy it. Above all, I’ve grown in my faith, increased my prayer life and continue to listen for God’s Spirit-led opportunities for my life.
One such Spirit-led opportunity has been to explore ways to honor and recognize the life’s work of my mentor, Frances Hesselbein. Frances is the former CEO of Girl Scouts, USA and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award. Her mantra is “To Serve is to Live”. I would welcome the opportunity to share with you 10 of her leadership lessons and how they apply to these turbulent times. If interested in receiving this information, just send me an email @ Ldpphd@gmail.com.
Another Spirit-led opportunity is the prayerful re-opening of my consulting practice, Patouillet Consulting 2.0, utilizing 40+ years in the field of higher education to help colleges, universities and community-based nonprofits advance their respective missions.
It is my hope that this work will make a lasting difference in the future of these organizations and the people they serve, thus contributing to a legacy of impact.
While my wife and I try to treasure every opportunity we have with our three grandchildren, consulting will facilitate special trips with our son, daughter-in-law and grandkids to explore God’s complicated, but beautiful world and to create more magical memories. My prayer is that when my time on this earth is over, that I will have used God’s blessings in my life to serve and bless others- and that my family especially our grandchildren see this as how life should be lived.
Lee Patouillet, Ph.D.
President, Patouillet Consulting
Nolen Rollins, Founder & President of GPS Life Journey