Finding Your Life’s Work

“Our purpose, I believe, is not a thing, place, title, or even a talent. Our purpose is to be. Our purpose is how we live life, not what role we live. Our purpose is found in each moment as we make choices to be who we really are.” ~ Carol Adrienne

I have just found a quote that well expresses one of my life philosophies. Thank you, Carol Adrienne.

As many will attest, sometimes it takes the better part of our life to discover our life’s work, even though we may have been doing it our whole life without necessarily realizing it. Our life’s work is not always what we do to make money, although we often think it should be, and sometimes this way of thinking prevents us from seeing clearly what it is. It may be the work of having children, caring for them, and running a household. The way we know our life’s work is by how we feel when we are doing it.

You know these feelings. When you are doing your life’s work, you feel an uncanny sense of ease and alignment (see related post). This doesn’t mean that work is always easy, and it doesn’t mean that it’s the only work we have to do; it just means that there is a deep conviction within us that tells us we are in tune with our innermost self. When we are engaged in our life’s work, our bodies feel more alive because our energy is feeding us. You may be tired after engaging in your life’s work, but rarely are you depleted. You feel grounded in the world, knowing that you belong here and have something important to offer.

Most of you remember a time when you felt fully engaged in some act of work, service or creativity, and it is here that you may discover the work you are meant to do now. On the other hand, it may be time for you to explore what inspires you through volunteering, taking a class, going back to school, or just doing whatever it is you long to try. Each of you have callings. When you find them, you owe it to yourself to nurture them, because while they may or may not be your livelihood, they are keys to your well-being.

No flash-in-the-pan here people. This is a process. As you continue to explore your life’s calling, keep these points in mind:

  • Be patient. It takes time. Life is a question that never ends. You may not know right now and that’s okay. Can you let go of needing to know and instead accept the fact that it may take some time for you to figure things out?
  • Ask for guidance. You don’t have to do it all by yourself, especially when you don’t know where you’re going. Ask for patience and strength. Something greater, stronger, and wiser than you is always here.
  • Find purpose right here and now. What’s crazy is that we’re always looking for passion and purpose somewhere else. It’s here; you’re living it now – even if you’re searching for greater significance in your life and calling. If you haven’t yet found those things that speak strongly to you, try focusing on how you can bring presence into your current being.

16 thoughts on “Finding Your Life’s Work

  1. The quote by Carol Adrienne is absolutely superb. In a nutshell it describes the real purpose of life. Strange how it takes us so long to find that out. Thanks Eric. Deeply insightful.

    • Isn’t her quote wonderful! In the short time I’ve been blogging, I have discovered two quotes that are core to my beliefs and being. To your comment, strange – yes. Yet I’m always grateful for new awareness, even after ages. 🙂

  2. The quote is very Zen-like. And I like your point – find purpose here and now. As I am older I realize that it is important to live in the here and now…perhaps that is a purpose. Good post today!

    Thanks for the recent visit and like to one of my posts.

    • Thank you, Jonell. Isn’t it wonderful – some of the treasures we discover as we mature? 🙂 If you sense it is a purpose, then claim it as such! Thanks you for stopping by and for your comment.

  3. Thanks Eric, Patience is the key and accepting that I don’t currently know. I’m working on being less attached to allow space for new insights, I believe my purpose is connected to peace and oneness, bringing those qualities to what I do.

  4. thank you for this post today eric! as my husband and i are traveling around the country, we have had a lot of time to talk about our ‘why’ and the purpose we have on this earth. i find great comfort in the part of the quote that reads “our purpose is to be” and with that, i find comfort in my ‘why’ for the time being. thank you for sharing!

    • You are most welcome! Good to learn that you and RAvery are making judicious use of your travel time. Some added food for thought… in addition to finding comfort in your ‘why,’ perhaps you can ponder a bit on the ‘who.’ They’re not mutually exclusive. Safe travels and regards to your hubby.

  5. Good post as usual Eric! I’m still exploring, finding a way to see where my passion lies and at the same time telling that part of myself which loves to put doubts in my mind to take a hike 😉

    • Exploring is a necessary and healthy part of the process. It takes some people a fair amount of time to discover their passion(s) and then more time to choose what to do with that knowledge and energy. Focus on your growth, possibilities, and actions and there won’t be all that much time for the doubts to take root. 🙂

  6. Isn’t hers a great quote?! I feel and live it. It’s both empowering and reinforcing. Thanks for commenting that the post ‘spoke to you.’ Always good to have you share your thoughts and feedback, EJ. It trust your time away from the blogdom was productive and enjoyable!

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