Every time I hear of people looking to find their purpose in life, it always sounds so complicated, so painful, so grueling. The pressure is intense, as though if you don’t make the right decision, now, you are screwed for the rest of your life. I know I can sometimes make life much harder than it truly needs to be.
But life is so much more forgiving than this. Your purpose, everyone’s purpose, is to be inspired and to express from that inspiration. It is not a complicated concept. It is one, however, that carries much depth and a lifetime of evolution. What that means is different for each and every person, and will evolve and change as they evolve and change. How cool is that? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be inspired and then bring that inspiration forward in a new and unique form.
This takes the pressure off. If you aren’t inspired to save the world, you don’t have to. However, doing your part to bring your unique inspiration to the world is contributing to its overall betterment. What a blessing; we are not all the same and we aren’t designed to be. Everyone’s inspiration matters; some are called to pray and some are called to protest. Some are called to work with numbers and some are called to work with paints. Some are called to build bridges while other are called to tear them down.
Inspiration, for some, is soft and gentle. For others it is like fireworks going off in their soul. Many have multiple outlets for inspiration. If you pay close attention, it all comes without a lot of stress or strenuous effort. Effort will be required to learn a new skill. However again, the more you can relax and allow the process, the better off you will be. Stress and strenuous effort come when you are trying to force something. Inspiration only asks you to allow it the space to emerge. This doesn’t mean you are lazy or lack investment, this means you allow inspiration to flow through you and partner with it creatively. This is the beauty of co-creation; you are contributing to the inspiration process as much as the process of inspiration is contributing to you.
If you talk to a poet, painter or song writer, they will talk about being in the flow. Though we associate the ‘flow’ with occupations which we generally consider creative, there is an art, a creativity, to any occupation or activity. Everyone can speak to finding a groove or flow to their day or their work. This is when things become effortless; they still require skill, preparation and focus; however, this is all in harmony with being present to your art or craft.
Bottom line: when it comes to your purpose in life… be inspired, be present and allow a greater you to emerge.
Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the Radio Show Open Conversations on KKNW 1150am. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to passed Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.
Originally published Sept 12, 2015