Last night I was awake at 3 a.m. thinking about the meaning of life.
Yep, the party never stops at my place. 🙂
I’m guessing you’ve laid awake at night pondering the same thing. Why am I here? What’s my life about?
I believe two things are true:
1.We’re here on the planet to serve others and to make the world a better place.
2. We’re meant to follow our passions in pursuit of something larger than ourselves.
I didn’t always understand this. I used to be more live-for-the-moment, and couldn’t see how my life meant anything in the bigger picture. I thought as long as I was a “good person” – doing no harm, basically – then that was all I was meant for.
Which is sort of sad, don’t you think?
I was going along, working and volunteering and creating. Things were interesting and fun.
But it always felt a bit ephemeral. In other words, when I died, what would be left? Of course, some people would be sad and miss me and my work, but beyond that, I wasn’t sure. It didn’t feel like enough considering how much time and energy I would have spent on the planet.
And then I had an accident and almost died. Thanks for the message, universe! I saw that I needed to start living my way to the answers, and that’s when my motto became: Life is short, so don’t wait.
I’m guessing you’ve had this conversation with yourself about the meaning of life, as well. That’s why the idea of a hero’s journey resonates with you – because deep down you know you could be doing more.
(To be clear, by “more” I don’t mean I think you should be working harder or longer. I mean more impact, more soul satisfaction, and more joy.)
We’ll talk about this in more detail later on, but I want to start by sharing a favorite quote from poet Mary Oliver:
“What is it you plan to do with this one wild and precious life?”
What do you think?
We both know that not only are you a good person, you’ve already done plenty of great stuff in your life. You’ve made a positive impact on those around you just by being your awesome self.
Or maybe you’re clear on your purpose, that something larger you’re meant to do, but you want to take it even farther, go bigger. Be all that you can be, as the folks in the Army would say.
The world needs as much of your greatness as you can give – defined by you, and at your own pace. So how can you build on what you’ve got, and once and for all unleash your inner hero?
I’m genuinely interested, so please share what you’re thinking in the comments below, or email me if you don’t want to go public with it. Or, maybe over brunch this weekend you can ponder the question with a mimosa and a friend. Which is a lot more fun than the 3 a.m. wake-up. 🙂
P.S. These last couple posts have been long, and I’ll try to go shorter in the future.
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