‘Where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet’
How do I find my way?
How do I journey from here to there?
Where am I now?
Where to now?
Why am I here?
No matter where I go, my shadow lingers behind me, a kaleidoscope of broken dreams, distant memories and fearful rides. Best to tip-toe out of it gently, I think, but not too abruptly or the future will draw me into its untenable illusion.
Be silent. Be still. Be present.
I seek the sunshine, to step into its light and feel the warmth on my back
And I know, I must keep dancing on the sun drenched stage. Alive with desire, awakening to dawn, realizing my gifts, knowing myself, coming back home to me! To that place that was, that was here, that is there, that is now.
The more I observe, the more I am present, the more I feel.
As I stand still amidst the flora of my existence, I watch with curious eyes and I hear with awakened ears the toll of time…this moment….this precious moment. I learn what has brought me here and where I must go.
Is my ‘meaning’ for living, my purpose? Or is my purpose the path I create and pursue to fulfil and validate the meaning?
I tell myself to know my purpose I must understand my values….
Perhaps my most treasured value at this time is freedom….to flow freely in body and mind….to love freely….to be free from illusion and old tensions…to be free from complexity, hedonism and selfishness – to ‘know’ peace.
Could it be that my purpose is to discover who I am? Who I am becoming? And then? How to nurture who I am? To love and understand myself at the very deepest level. To develop strength, resilience and courage to guide myself back to ‘me’ when I have lost my way? And as is often considered ‘to step outside of myself to connect, to serve the world and to attend to others”.
And then surely the crux of my ‘meaning’ and my purpose (once recognised), must be to give and to love….is there another? To give to others, to give to myself, to love others, to love myself.
Is having meaning then something I do rather than something I feel? And finding this activity, this job, this eudaimonia, shall I then live a life of ‘human flourishing’?
And so this passion I feel within me….this joy….can only surely stem from the knowing…the understanding of my deepest desires? My inspired mission.
It is said: ‘He who gives, gathers’ I would add: ‘He who loves, lives’
How do I become so sure of my path?
I come to silence and allow the truths to surface….the answers to come…..and no matter how I resist this understanding, until I accept my power, my skills, my knowledge, my true self, my ‘meaning’, I can never pursue my purposeful path, nor seek the warmth and adventure of a passionate nature.
Thus my quest!
Something to reflect upon:
“Leading a eudemonic life, Aristotle argued, requires cultivating the best qualities within you both morally and intellectually and living up to your potential. It is an active life, a life in which you do your job and contribute to society, a life in which you are involved in your community, a life, above all, in which you realise your potential, rather than squander your talents”.
“The question is how to do your duty, how best to contribute – or, as the theologian Frederick Buechner put it, your vocation lies ‘where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet”.
(Excerpts taken from Emily Esfahani Smith’s book ‘The Power of Meaning’.