Living Our Purpose
"The world needs all its flowers, just as they are, and even though they bloom for only the briefest of moments, which we call a lifetime. It is our job to find out, one by one and collectively what kind of flowers we are, and to share our unique beauty with the world in the precious time that we have, and to leave the children and grandchildren a legacy of wisdom and compassion embodied in the way we live..." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
What is it I have to give to the world? A lifetime of experiences and insights... challenges and learnings.. struggles and growth. How do I give voice to my own unique expression? How do we show up in the world to do exactly what we are meant to do. How do we find our way?
I have spent years reading, learning, exploring and discovering - dedicated to find what resonated most deeply within me. I learned so many things about myself. One of the things that I have come to realize is that some of us might not only have one path. Or.. our path might not be as simple as finding our life career. It might be much more abstract.. our gifts and purpose might weave their way through all aspects of our lives. We might try one thing and it might lead us to another. We might try ten things and each of them will serve us in different ways along our journey. I have been a writer, a graphic designer, an artist, a videographer, an art and narrative therapist, a community worker, a crafter, a photographer, and a manager/booking agent for musicians. I am still many of those things. I realize now that I may never be one thing. I may never settle into a single career. I may always long to explore and dream and learn and try new things.
How do we find our calling? How do we know when we are following our purpose? I have dedicated my life to this.. to finding my truth and following where it leads. For me it is a feeling in my gut.. an instinct.. an intuition. I'm not sure if I really have the words to describe. It is a deep knowing about the rightness of something. Learning to trust myself and what I feel.
I've learned that my purpose may come through my work or it may come through all my expressions of life. All the ways I give voice to my insights and unique way of seeing the world. This might be through my visual art or these words or my coaching, or the pep talks I give my dear friend in my living room as she prepares for her workshop.
I know my purpose is love. To love myself. To love others. To find my truth and stand firmly in it. My purpose is to inspire and hold space for others to also step more fully towards their own authentic truth. Not by my words, but my actions.. by my own commitment to myself. My purpose is to hold up a mirror that reflects back the good in them and help them see their own inner light. To show up fully and give space for others to show up fully too. With acceptance, compassion, understanding and gentle encouragement.
I know I am meant to express from my deepest authentic self.. to give voice to my experiences and insights. To share the way the universe aligns and brings lessons. To live with a wide open heart and vulnerably share from that place.
For so long I didn't have a voice, and now that I have found it, I know that it is part of my unique gift for the world. It is time to give meaning to all the struggles I faced. It is time to share. Even if it touches one single life.. it will have been worth it.