True calling. The meaning of life.
Big, daunting topics to ponder and yet I think on some level we all do, particularly as we age. In my own life, it’s become clear to me that there are two initial paths from which to choose: the safe, predictable road – that with least resistance. The one with a solid, stable job and a familiar routine. The allure is in its relatively low stress nature and comfort of familiarity, but the scenery doesn’t change, and inspiration becomes harder to find.
Or the path of the unknown where you’re free to explore your true nature. That which makes your soul soar. The key – I believe – is to connect your unique talents to something that ignites excitement in you. Maybe it’s spirituality or fitness; art or theatre or any one of our cultural epidemics – racism, poverty, mental health.
As the possibilities are endless, I’ve found a few tricks to get started.
- Jot ideas, moments, topics that resonate with you into a simple notebook. Patterns start to emerge.
- Identify the people in your life who inspire you and look for commonalities. This can be surprising and revealing.
- Sit quietly and meditate. No music. No distractions. It can be a simple mantra such as Om (I am) or a bible passage reflecting on God’s purpose. You can’t think clearly if your mind is cluttered.
- Start small. Read a book on the subject. Do one act of service a day. Dare to try something new.
“Passion whispers to you through your feelings, beckoning you to your highest good,” Oprah, The Path Made Clear
The struggle is real. The risk is great, but I have to believe the reward greater.