I’ve always felt I should know my Calling. My True Work. My Passion. My Purpose. I looked at all of these things as just different ways of identifying some core Truth just waiting to be seen, some inherent compass point, some something that would allow me to navigate more easily through opportunities, decisions, relationships, and ideas.
I know people who have what I consider to be callings- they’ve been teachers and healers, performers, artists, athletes and engineers. They’ve all shared this mystical something, this thing that feels like a guide, a lens, a thing that brings focus, priority, clarity, intention.
I also know I have never felt I had one, or at least I did not know what it was. Or maybe I had 10. Or maybe since I had 10, maybe that meant I had none. Or maybe this. Or maybe that. But never a deep down gut level certainty that I was meant to be/do ___________.
Today I was reading a very very interesting blog post, in which Kris Carr puts forth the following assertion (that I decided to read and include here as a supposition—- What if):
“Your purpose has nothing to do with what you do. There, I said it. Your purpose is about discovering and nurturing who you truly are, to know and love yourself at the deepest level and to guide yourself back home when you lose your way. That’s it. Everything else is your burning passion, your inspired mission, your job, your love-fueled hobby, etc. Those things are powerful and essential, but they’re not your purpose. Your purpose is much bigger than that.”
I never considered decoupling these things. The mission, the purpose, the passion, the True Work.
I never considered that the purpose could be internal, a common thread in spite of the Be’s and Do’s. That the purpose could be an ongoing journey. That the purpose could be so elemental.
I’ve concluded nothing except that there is opportunity for exploration here.
I’m curious, how does this idea strike you? Resonance? Dissonance? How does the very fact of this supposition feel to you?