Your Calling is Not a Question to Ask, it's Something to Answer
What’s your calling - what’s your purpose - if you don’t know what it is yet?
Do we not have a purpose until we know exactly what we’re driven to do for this world?
I think about this every damn day.
It’s not uncommon to look around at people who’ve made it and feel envy, or pain.
They have it all figured out. They know exactly what they’re doing. They have a purpose.
We think that finding a purpose is like grabbing the golden ring, or winning the prize, especially when we see artists, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who’ve been at it for years, or as long as we’ve known of their existence.
When I know what I was built to do, then I’ll have it all.
Simple, right? When I know X, then I can do/have/be Y.
So we try to solve for X. We look at patterns in our lives, we try to read between the lines, and we ask questions.
What do I want? What am I good at? What does the world need? What am I here for? What’s the point?
Sometimes we get answers! And then, after a while, the answer loses its punch. And we find ourselves asking the same questions again. Enough time spent in that cycle tends to make you feel lost, or like a failure.
I see so many courses advertised to help us find our purpose. And I’ll admit it, I’ve watched more than my share of webinars hoping to glean some wisdom.
But after all those webinars, all the books I’ve read, all the thought-leaders I’ve tuned in to, I’m left with only one resounding truth.
Asking the question only got me so far. Answering a calling, in the moment that I heard it? - that propelled me in leaps and bounds.
If asking the question “What am I supposed to do?” has you absolutely heartsick and frustrated, I’m suggesting for you a new paradigm.
Stop worrying about the big picture, or the long haul, or your soul’s grand design. If it’s not immediately apparent to you, then that means you’ve got some winding trails to amble through before you get there. And if you’re impatient (ahem, like me…), the biggest impact is going to come from paying attention to the trails that are right beneath your feet, and not the door that you imagine waits in the distance.
Answer your calling moment by moment. Because whether or not we know which thread we pluck in the web of life in the long term, we all know where we sit right here, now, during this very breath.
I know that I’m being called to shed all the hate I’ve built up in the past few weeks. I know that I’m being called to be still, and silent. I know that I’m being called to be more discerning with my time and energy. I know there are grudges I’m being called to let go of. I’m being called to grow, believe, and explore.
It’s true, these don’t look or sound anything like “life purposes.” And that’s the point.
I believe we’re always exactly where we need to be, and moving forward means accepting all the flaws and all the beauty that are inherent in the present moment.
Stop asking for a calling for a little while, and instead, listen to what's being asked of you now. Answer the one that’s speaking to you.
Wherever you are on your journey, whatever it is you’re doing, I’ve put together a blueprint for bringing together intuition and action in a course/eBook that touches on this very subject.