Are You Doing What You Came Here to Do?

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Who are you really? What are you here to do?

How often do you think about these questions? There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about them. Yet it wasn’t always this way. Up until a couple of years ago, I barely thought about them at all. I had a career that kept me so busy that I could barely find time to pay my bills, let alone think about esoteric questions like the meaning of my life. Then one day a trusted friend arrived in town and while we were hiking I began to tell her how miserable I was in my job. I didn’t realize until I started talking just how deeply I had buried my pain. That day was the beginning to the end of that career.

I was having dinner the other night with another friend I hadn’t seen in over four months. About an hour into our time together she looked at me and told me how different I am than just a year ago. She told me how confident I seemed. I was surprised by this. I had just been totally honest with her about the fact that my business was not thriving nearly as much as hers was. I looked back at her and said that perhaps what she was picking up on was my strong faith. She shook her head and told me that she thought it was something else and then added that I seemed so comfortable in my own skin. The next answer I gave her resonated with both of us. I told her that I feel like I’m now doing what I came here to do. It hurt me to see the pain that my words produced in her eyes as she immediately told me that she hadn’t yet gotten there. We then talked a bit about her passions and how she knows what her heart wants to do. Being busy gets in her way, though. I understand. I’ve been there myself. Yet why is it that we often have to hit rock bottom before we give ourselves permission to explore a better way of living?

I invite you to take on this mantra, “I am here for a reason.” You know what that reason is. Well, maybe not your intellectual self, but your soul self does. And you can learn to understand the voice of your soul if you give yourself a chance to. We all have the capability to know who we really are. It’s just a matter of how much focus we give it. It’s not any different than learning a foreign language. We do so through commitment, study and practice. Yet before we sit down to do the work, we almost always need something to motivate us. We need something that will keep us inspired through what may be a lengthy process.

In tomorrow’s article I will give you some tips on things you can do to get in touch with who you are and what you are here to do. Today I want to leave you with the benefits I’ve received by striving to live in alignment with my real self. I hope you will find inspiration in what I share to commit to this practice yourself.

By living in alignment with my true self, I:

  • have faith that all the opportunities I need will present themselves because I am doing what I came here to do.
  • wake up each morning with a strong sense of purpose and zest for life.
  • live with peaceful assurance that if I die tomorrow, I will hold no regrets.
  • embrace with wonder the perfection of my life as it has prepared me for my real life’s work.
  • experience a constant feeling of gratitude to be able to do work that makes my heart sing.

Thank you for visiting. Please send me an email if I can answer any questions you might have.

Have a great day.

Susan Hanshaw

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