Because I knew these folks way back when, I saw the distant, teenage past in their eyes and in their words as well as the surface of the present moment so evident in their faces, in their hands. I saw lives lived. I saw entire lifetimes.
There is an underlying and maybe sometimes not so underlying question, which is in all of us: What is the purpose of my life and what am I here to do? Obviously each one of us has to find our own unique and personal answer to these questions.
Fear of failure or already low self-esteem may further work to push those passions down to a forgotten place, where we try to tell ourselves they belong. The problem is that by attempting to silence our inner voice, we limit our true potential and our ability to lead full, happy lives.
In many of the recent articles on millennials, there is a critical narrative that has emerged and has lead to what I believe is the beginning of a cultural zeitgeist, and that narrative is about purpose.
There is an invisible and infinite part of ourselves that knows our deepest purpose. Do what makes you feel amazing. And listen to the quiet whispers (or elbow nudges) of your heart. Your intuition and excitement will bring you in alignment with your purpose.
It is crucial that we stay grounded in some kind of permanence, not a personal permanence, but the permanence of the human journey. Ultimately, in order to stay anchored, we need more than just hashtags.
The more we pay attention to the sense of another's love, to a place that provides beauty and ease, to our own strengths and aspiration, the more we connect with the heart space that will offer a healing refuge.
Detect and detach from the dramas of your life without delay and open your eyes to the world that lies beneath the surface of avoiding the true source of your needs. Stop procrastinating. You have been afraid of your own power for too long.
I've been struck by the ordinariness of most of the so-called extraordinary lives we've studied. And the closer we look at "ordinary lives," well, the more extraordinary they appear. It's tough being a human being -- and I'm impressed by the courage I see in every single life I encounter.
I've learned that we all possess a power within us to better our own lives. And, yes, attitude is everything. I've realized how desperately important it is to listen to what your life is telling you and to lead the life your heart is begging you to lead.
"What is my life purpose?" "What's the most important work for me right now?" "How can my work reflect what I value?" These big questions show up in different transitional seasons of life, as we squint into the future to determine how much time we have to pull it all together.
I now know that when we deny the expression of our true self we can experience depression. I pushed my feelings of depression underground and instead focused on helping other people live their passion and reclaim wellness.