Have you ever been daunted by a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, and then suddenly realized you held the last piece?
Remember that simple self-satisfaction and joy (and relief) as you placed that last piece into the puzzle and stared at the accomplishment of fitting all those multi-colored and oddly-shapen pieces together?
Wondering how you ever figured out the complex arrangement of pieces?
But you did.
You painstakingly put them all together, one by one, noticing the precision of the colors and shapes that masterfully complemented each other to create the image on the puzzle box.
What if we as humans were…
What if you knew that everything boiled down to one thing?
The Power of One Small Word.
Who could imagine you could change the world with such a small declaration?
Rosa Parks did.
Martin Luther King did.
Or the many millions of others in our documented history who have stood up for what they believed in and declared #EnoughIsEnough.
Whatever your primary belief about the power you wield in your own life, you’ve likely witnessed how mass conviction can change the world.
One small word at a time. One small victory at a time.
During the past year, you may have had several pivotal moments when you realized you’d had quite enough.
This should’ve been the year of the #EnoughIsEnough hashtag.
This Times article suggests that most of us have hit a wall of burnout and exhaustion. I certainly have my days that require a few extra practices to get me back to center.
And yet, as in all of life, the trials and tragedies of this past year served to awaken us to the already unthinkable horrors of the world around us.
We became like Zoom animals, looking out our cages through the…
I remember a distinct phase of my career when I thought “wow, I’ve made it!” while at the same time feeling the horror of “what the hell am I doing here?”
It was my first taste of discerning what purpose felt like. I should’ve felt proud and satisfied with my position and direction, yet instead I had this inexplicable anxiety and discomfort.
I’d had 5 years of rigorous scientific training even before completing my Master’s, working with a handful of notable investigators on various research topics at a private public health research firm. …
Purpose is such a misunderstood concept and word. It can be construed as anything from a passion, project or job, an emotion or hobby, or that which speaks of the life force within.
What if purpose is truly that which is most alive in us? That wants to be unleashed, birthed, and spewed forth to liberate the essential beingness that we are?
What if it really is that simple?
And, ultimately, what if that simple construct of being alive in our own skin could be the remedy most needed on the planet now?
I loved camping with my family as…
If you’ve been trying to live that more meaningful life that many folks have started to realize is way more useful than living just for money….
… well, you might be finding that somewhat difficult.
There are so many reasons that expressing your unique purpose is challenging, especially now.
One of those reasons is that:
You know, that nuanced one-of-a-kind (actually 1 in 400 quadrillion) version of you that’s distinct from every other person on the planet.
People tell me all the time that they know their purpose.
I ask them to tell me what they know.
They say things…
If you watched or heard any part of the U.S. Inauguration of President Joe Biden yesterday, you likely heard Biden and others (National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman- wasn’t she awesome?) talk about one thing.
Who we choose to be has everything to do with who we will become.
Regardless of your country of origin or where you now reside, we choose the words, behaviors and actions that represent our values:
Do we choose healing or hatred?
Democracy or divisiveness?
Justice or racism?
Unity or lawlessness?
These are not new questions. They are the persistent questions of our time as…
“Purpose almost never lies behind the doors marked, “Be Practical,” “Get Real,” or “Nothing to Fear.” The Universe, aka Mike Dooley
Just because you’re living a purpose-directed life doesn’t mean that you always know what’s next or where you’re going.
I learned a while back, in my slightly-nomadic evolutionary life, that living on purpose isn’t a path that someone would choose if they were looking for traditional success. Not that you can’t have it all, but you don’t go looking in the usual places for the kinds of internal joy and external impact that arise from a life of purpose.
You may wish for things to get back to normal, whatever that new normal may be now.
I hear lots of “if onlys” in my own brain, and among friends.
And we know that the world is forever changed.
Over the holidays, I spent 8 glorious days outside of my domicile with my daughters. We hiked the canyons and snowshoed the mountains of southern Utah, liberated in the backcountry wilderness and away from the many distractions of our current saga.
My experience watching the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the Utah desert was other-worldly. The majesty…
There are so many reasons we might be running naked down the street right now, given the state of the world and this dreadful year.
And yet, in general, as humans we’ve responded to 2020 mostly by cheering each other on and noticing the positive effects of very challenging scenarios.
If you’re like me, you may be almost tired of hearing about Silver Linings. But we keep noticing them.
This week I had another near-encounter with huge grief.
Grief has been the nemesis for me in this pandemic. The isolation of living alone in lockdown and SIP has been intense…