For A Life With Meaning
I don't think it's a coincidence that there's a lot of political activism at the moment - and not only because there are a number of very big just causes to be active about!
I think that people are seeking purpose in the pause that the pandemic has created. I'm very conscious that some people are busier than ever homeschooling, caring, tending the sick, keeping essential services working, remote working, but equally there are a good number of people with time on their hands: time to pause and think, to look around them at what's happening, at where the focus is going (or not).
Without the normal daily rush that work creates in their lives, they have time to wonder and maybe to worry about the future. They have time to think about what kind of future they would like to be part of creating. They have time to notice and appreciate the simple, fundamental things that make life worth living and without which life would be much poorer. They have time to focus on who they are or would like to get back to being.
Our lives naturally push us in certain directions - more work and responsibility for a bigger job, bigger house, bigger car, better holidays. Now I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, if that's what you really want. Rather, I'd ask that you consider if that's what you really want, or whether the trajectory of your life has taken you there without you really noticing or choosing.
This pause in life brought about by Covid-19 has given us time to think, and for many, that desire for purpose and meaning in their life has attached to the recent political protests. My concern is that it may be short-lived because it is not personal. Life purpose is a very personal journey that is about attachment to internal values rather than external causes. Now it may be that once that internal connection to life purpose is made, it goes out into the world as an activism to fight injustice or inequality or volunteering at a food bank, or setting up a social enterprise or any one of a myriad of options.
My point is that your life purpose needs to be personal. What you do to reflect your life purpose needs to be an expression of who you are: your essential self. And you do that by going deeper into who you are, not by attaching yourself an external group - regardless of how great the cause.
If you're in a place of pause, why not take some time to ponder who you are - or who you would be if all the social influences were stripped away. Allow yourself to pause and sit quietly with who you are and who you used to be and who you can't help but be. Park your desire to wonder why and how and what and when and sit quietly with who. Allow all the layers to peel back to allow who you are to emerge.
And if you'd like to know how close you are to living your life purpose, you can check out my free quiz.
When it comes to Life Purpose, I've been there, done that, got the T-shirt. After years of searching for my own Life Purpose though a journey which included: personal assistant, complementary therapist, granny-in-law, I finally found my life purpose under my nose! As a life purpose mentor, I finally feel as though I've arrived. As you can imagine, I've learned a lot along the way - and I'd love to pass it all on, because once you've pinned down your life purpose, life gets a whole lot better.
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