There is a huge push for us to “find” and fulfill our life’s purpose. It seems like everyone is trying to find theirs–as if is THE only answer to having a happy life. I don’t know about you, but I have had so much anxiety about this. What if I choose the wrong thing as my purpose? Maybe I want more than one.
I remember a class where we were talking about our life purpose, our big dreams and business plans. One sweet lady was almost in tears asking, “What if I don’t know what my is my life purpose is?” We answered, well you just do what you love. And she said something like , “Well I love to knit a lot, does that mean it’s my purpose?” No one knew what to say. That wasn’t what our class was about—and she walked away feeling that maybe her life was lacking meaning.
I have been haunted with the sadness in that woman’s eyes. What if a person doesn’t have big dreams to save or change the world? Does that make them less than those who have lots of ambition? Our society makes it seem that way. Is it all important to make a big splash in the world—and go for more, more, more.
What I have learned is that showing up in your life—just the way it unfolds IS your life purpose. Who knew? God, Source, Universe answers our thoughts and words with a reflection of them in the physical. It is our purpose to meet it, feel it, live it and report back to spirit what that experience was. It is pretty simple—and if you can have fun doing it, all the better.
Now that sounds really easy until one tries to be in the present moment and not run away in different ways from the parts of our lives that don’t feel so good. I thought life was about being happy. I wanted to be happy all the time. Who said life is about being happy all the time? We were misled. Nothing is supposed to be constant.
We do want to choose to think positive and speak with kindness to others and to ourselves of course. However, life is a mixed bag. Forest Gump’s mother gave a profound teaching when she said, “Life is like a box of chocolates—you never know what you are going to get.” You get the Yin and the Yang. Some sun and some rain. You get the day along with the night. Nature shows us there are different seasons in life. You never know what you are going to get. Life is uncertain.
Forest Gump was totally authentic and had an amazing life. He didn’t know how to do anything else in his innocent simplicity. It is a wonderful story! Do not over-complicate or over-think things.
I still sometime have anxiety about what I “should” be doing. I calm myself by remembering that I have turned that all over to Source. I don’t really care about doing anything else. I know that I just start right where I am and be myself—the self that I want to be. I do what I need to do to find center, and life sends me a message of what to do next. And I listen.
LIVE LIFE CONSCIOUSLY
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Lindsay Godfree is a Life Coach, Certified Trainer of Infinite Possibilities, freelance writer, award-winning photographer, and creator of The Consciousness Guide.