If anything is to happen, it has to start with us, individually, in our own place and time.To wait for a leader to guide us into the future is to be forever disillusioned.
We often become defined by happenstance and by default. Our career, important relationships and lifestyle just happen. We follow the path of least resistance, do what we comfortably know, repeat the same learned behaviors, travel the same path and accept the same disempowering and limiting beliefs. We are reluctant to engage in a serious process of self-discovery and are fearful of being authentic. We all need to continually work on discovering and honoring our core essence. It isn’t a one-time event; we change and circumstances change. It needs to be an ongoing pursuit of determining who you are, what you want and developing the courage to be that person.
The times in my life that I’ve really gotten myself in trouble and led a joyless, meaningless, shallow existence were when I was pretending to be other than who I really was.
Doing work that is consistent with who you are is absolutely essential if you want to feel fulfilled by living a purposeful and meaningful existence. Life without purpose doesn’t work. You will go through life coping rather than rejoicing. Whenever someone in counseling tells me that he is bored, I know the problem: lack of purpose. Boredom is often perched on the top of a very slippery slope that can lead to ennui, despair, mild depression and then deeper depression.