Oh, wow – this blog post by Kris Carr absolutely speaks to me, and is a topic that I’ve been thinking a lot about over the last year.

“When our purpose is external, we may never find it. If we tie our purpose or meaning to our vocation, goal or an activity, we’re likely setting ourselves up for discomfort and even failure down the line….

Your purpose has nothing to do with what you do. There, I said it. Your purpose is actually quite simple, it’s to awaken. To discover and nurture who you truly are, to know and love yourself at the deepest level and to guide yourself back home when you lose your way. The more you do this, the more aware and present you become, which creates more harmony in your life. Everything else is your burning passion, your inspired mission, your job, your love-fueled hobby, etc. Those things are powerful and very worthy, but they’re not your purpose. Your purpose is much, much bigger than that…

Your self-worth has nothing to do with your craft or calling and everything to do with how you treat yourself and others.” – Kris Carr

Kris Carr says a lot more in her article and I encourage you to read it. It’s timely and meaningful for me to read it as I have let go of some of my roles like yoga instructor and energy healer. Who am I, if I am not these roles?

And, my day job is undergoing shifts and transformations. Many lay-offs have occurred and will continue to occur. I am currently taking a month’s vacation at the request of my boss so that the little bit of work that we have can be shared by those who don’t have any vacation time banked. This should be a time of celebration – woot, woot – no work for one whole month!! But, instead, I’m feeling nervous and empty and am left with the question: who am I, if I’m not working? Do I still have value?

It has been humbling to discover that much of my self-worth has been tied to activities and what I do.

This article by Kris Carr is a great reminder that my purpose has nothing to do with what I do. My purpose is simply to be. I am worthy regardless of what I do.