Thanks for stopping by… This is a little longer post about finding your purpose. As I am going to be away for a couple of weeks I wanted to give you something substantial to chew on:
Today I’m excited as I’m getting ready… “Deep” starts tomorrow morning and I know with all certainty that I have no way of knowing who these people will discover they are underneath the mask of their conditioning. What I do know is I’m excited to stay on purpose and let it all unfold.
Just imagine waking up on some beautiful morning in the very near future…
You awaken excited and energized to meet the day. You stay lying down so that you can just soak in the deep gratitude of being able to do what you do on a daily basis.
As the gratitude wells up in your chest a long slow tear leaks out of your closed right eye. There is no sadness; this is a tear of pure gratitude. Your life is so different because you finally did it, you finally said “yes” to your commitment of not only facing your fear but also to continue to face it as it comes up.
You see over the years you got smart enough to realize that even after you commit to something the fear doesn’t go away. In fact, there are times when it intensifies. You think about your first steps into it, and how absolutely terrified you were. Thank goodness there was at least one person you could trust to kick your ass if you wavered, one person who believed in you and what you could do despite what was apparently lacking.
As you lay there awash in that gratitude you think about how long you waited and immediately there is a part of you that wants to give you a hard time for waiting. Quickly you feel that gratitude and self-criticism are mutually exclusive and immediately you reel in your mind, going right back the feeling of gratitude. You begin to think about all the lives you have touched both directly and indirectly since you got clear about making the decision.
It’s easy to think of all the people you know who never make that decision. Why you ask. Why, don’t they just get up and do it? You know why: Fear. Fear is the dream killer, and fear wears many masks and one of them is “I will do it once I’m certain what it is that I must do.
But you’ve gotten smarter than that, you know that that’s not how it works. From somewhere deep within you remember the story of the master takes the apprentice to the edge of the cliff and tells the apprentice to jump. The apprentice with terror running through every vein says “No I’ll fall and die”. The master simply replies: “What if you fly”? And gives the student a little push.
Looking for your life’s purpose can be a great way to stay busy enough to never fulfill it!
Sometimes you’ve just got to be willing to go in the direction of. There is any number of ways of finding your purpose, doing what you came here to do etc. It’s important to stay open to the clues, listen to your intuition etcetera. However, a major factor of discovering your purpose is this; be open to everything and attached to nothing.
Many of the most successful and happy people I know are in their 50’s and 60’s and they still don’t know what they want to do when they grow up. This however does not stop them living something that maybe even more important than living your life’s purpose: Living a purposeful life!
In order to be living a purposeful life:
Start each day knowing that there will be fear and say ‘so what’, there will also be love. Each day could contain tears, ‘so what’, that same day can also contain laughter, so choose to live a life of purpose.
The fact is that living your life on purpose means you wake up each morning with a commitment to feel grateful that you are doing just that; living your life on purpose. We can move forward with clear focus toward what we want to achieve and that could be money, possessions or status, but always remember what you, we all of us are actually want is a “feeling” and you can start by deciding what feeling you want to start each day with and then deciding to create it. Take a deep breath and as you breath out step off the cliff and you’ll discover you can fly. Be willing to be surprised at how often something wonderful and wondrous shows up…
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