Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Finding what fuels us, what sings to us, what has meaning and signficance to our beings is as essential as oxygen.
We hear about it all the time from such passionate cultural icons as Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, President Barack Obama, Martha Beck, Dr. Christiane Northrup……and so many more.
These people tell us to find our purpose and get busy living it. Now. And that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to manifest your purpose as a way to make your living. There are numerous ways to do what you love and to make your life meaning-full and full-filling.
Here are some ideas:
1) Volunteer — Whether it’s a long-term commitment with a non-profit effort or a one-time activity, find a way to use your life to support someone else’s. You might be really surprised to find out that someone close by — a neighbor, friend, co-worker, etc. — is down on their luck and could really use a boost.
2) Cultivate a hobby — Sing! Dance! Bake! Build! Whatever brings you a sense of joy and wonder in the micromoments can spill over throughout your life and create wild waves of purpose and passion.
3) Write and/or take pictures — You don’t have to be a professional to find expression through writing and photography. These days with free blogs, social media, and digital photography, anyone can put their message out into the world free and easily. Just make sure it’s a loving manifestation of yourself — do no harm with your words and images.
4) Speak your truth — Whether you simply bend the ear of those you love and trust or find a larger platform where you can frame your authentic ideas and thoughts, saying what you believe out loud can fortify your soul like nothing else. And finding an audience — small or large — to really hear and see you can do wonders for manifesting your purpose.
5) Teach — A pet, a child, a friend, a person in need, yourself. Think about what you do best and find a way to share that with someone who needs what you have to offer. There’s no better exchange of beauty and grace than a teacher and his/her pupil — no matter how small or large the lesson.
And if it just so happens that living out your purpose ends up earning you a paycheck, you’ll have that many more resources to volunteer, cultivate your hobbies, write or take pictures, speak or teach. The doors will just keep opening when you are fully and completely alive!
So, in the new year ahead, my wish for all of us is that we wake up to the life we are meant to live or re-energize the one we’re living with purpose and passion.
Onward ho, friends!