“Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way” – Alan Watts
My daughter and I found a newborn sparrow last week that had fallen out of its nest. The nest or mother bird was nowhere to be seen so we took it home and found a bird rescue place online. The place that we found was run by an elderly lady out of her house. Part of her home and backyard was set up completely for the birds and even in her early eighties, she seemed so completely engaged and excited about her work. She was showing my daughter how she feeds the baby birds and telling her all of their names and explaining how the different varieties of baby birds look different. Her happiness was contagious.
I think having a purpose and a passion beyond your own needs can help sustain you well into old age. Something I am going to do soon is to put together a motivational list of inspiration to help sustain me on those days when I am not so motivated to work, facing resistance or struggling to get up early!
Years ago I remember reading lots of articles about finding your passion or purpose in life. I don’t think you find your passion – it finds you. We are just really bad at paying attention and listening to all of the messages within us and around us. When we clean up our diet, exercise more and create space we are much better equipped to listen and pay attention to the important work that we should be doing in the world. It is different for everyone. Everyone is here to do different work.
Regularly ask yourself these three questions to determine that you are on the right path:
1. What’s your why? Get really clear on your why. Why are you doing what you are doing? Why does it light you up inside? Here is a great book that I plan to read in 2017.
2. Who are you doing it for? Who do you plan to help? What can you offer? We can all learn from each other. We all have something to share. We all have unique knowledge and ideas that are different from everyone else.
3. How does it make you feel? When you find what lights you up it changes how you feel about life. Our lives will be continually changing. What you love and what lights you up can change and evolve over time.
I think regularly asking ourselves these hard questions can really help to determine if we are on the right path. If we don’t like the answers? It is never too late to change course! Our lives should be filled with a love of learning. We can always learn new things, grow within ourselves and continue to develop ourselves at any age!
(Photo: Davide Ragusa)