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The Journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice – – –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
‘Mend my life!’
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations – – –
though their melancholy
was terrible. It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice,
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do – – – determined to save
the only life you could save.

Journey

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I love this quote from Alice in Wonderland.

This is exactly the space that I am in right now.

I am giving myself permission to dream.

Why not dream big?

And dare greatly?

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.

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Lately, I have been exploring the theme of finding my life’s purpose.

This message from Glennon Melton at Momastery spoke right to my heart.

People always ask: G, how do I find my purpose?

I look at them and ask: What breaks your heart?

There you go. That’s your purpose.

And, my friends, here’s the good news: Your broken hearts are saving lives.

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