““Let the beauty that we love be what we do.” ~Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273)

August 17th, 2012

Why are we here?  Is there meaning to this life?  These questions I have pondered.  Perhaps there is more than one answer.

More importantly, what are we here to do?  Each of us has been given a “lean.”  What do you lean toward?  What propels you? What gets your heart pumping, your blood flowing?  Maybe you’re doing that already.  Maybe you’ve found a way to make a living at it.  Or maybe there’s a chasm of fear in the way, or a boulder.  Is the other side attainable?  Is the chasm traversable?  Is there a way around the boulder? Path of least resistance?

When driving, and I come up behind someone in the passing lane who is out there on their own with no self-awareness and no car to pass, I simply pass on their right.  They do not exist to me if they are offering an obstacle for no reason.  Same with ornery people.  When possible, I just go around.

So, what’s stopping you?  What’s stopping you from reaching the upper limits of your greatest intention and desire for your work–or play–on this planet while you’re here?  Perhaps you’re at a loss for what that greatest desire might be.  In that case, how do you go forward?

Step 1:  Remain open to not-knowing.  Let the unknown be ok.  It will be revealed to you when you are ready.  Don’t force an answer.  Try to get comfortable with not-knowing.

Step 2:  Get in touch with your passion.

Make a list of what you love.  Try not to think in terms of what to do next in life.  Just enjoy thinking about and writing down anything you love.  Here’s mine in random order:

spiritual and physical health and wellness
helping others
babies and children
warm weather
water and waves

What would it look like to merge everything I love into a career?

I could offer workshops (with childcare provided) on a tropical island or by a lake in summer that would help people attain spiritual/physical well-being through music, art, dance and song.

Step 3:  Take steps to make it happen.

Start with today.  Dream, then laundry.  Dream, then plan. Dream, then email.  Do whatever it takes.  Feel the fear, and do it anyway.  Go around, through, over, under.  Make it happen no matter what.

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.”  ~ Bruce Barton (1886-1967)

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