“There are some things in life that you are not meant to be. Don’t waste your time and tears trying to be them. Reach for the things you are meant to be and you will reach your destiny.” ~ Sarah Normile …
I try hard to keep my course in life open to the winds of the ocean. After all, it is much easier to raise the sails and let a firm breeze carry me on the journey than to tirelessly man the oars and row against the currents. And so it is with life. I have known far too many individuals who have chased things in life that did not align with who they were; people who went to school to become doctors and lawyers, not because it brought them happiness and contentment in life, but simply because they determined when they were younger that this is what they wanted to be. And still others who tried becoming something based solely off the intrinsic monetary value of the profession. One even became a teacher even though she did not really like children. I have often wondered what I would do if a child of mine ended up in such a classroom.
One of the most important things we can do in life is to become the people we were born to be. It is easy, of course, to get lost pursuing things we think would be cool and profitable; but not nearly as easy chasing those things that reflect who we truly are as a person–mind, body, heart, and soul. Yet this is our challenge in life. We must be willing to ask ourselves who we are meant to be, and then use our time and energies pursuing the path that is right in our lives for who we are; this is the only way to allow our true authentic self the chance to shine through.
And the beauty of it is that all walks of life provide us with an opportunity to be good stewards in this world. Parents, teachers, artists, writers, servers, athletes, farmers, stockbrokers, theologians, police officers–each harbor the potential to make a positive difference in their own unique and necessary way. But we must be sure it is who we are meant to be–where our greatest strengths and talents align with our passion and love in life. I spent years playing the saxophone. And while I do not regret the time I spent learning and practicing an instrument I was not meant to master, I sometimes wonder what I could have done for myself had I spent that time and effort on other pursuits.
We all have our strengths and our weaknesses. When we spend our time and energy on pursuits that indulge our weaknesses, we spin our tires and cause frustration, stress, and angst. However, when we focus on our strengths, we create satisfaction and joy in our lives and we enable ourselves to accomplish more with much less effort, all the while growing in ways that we were meant to grow.
Dare to uncover your true self and pursue goals which reflect that authenticity.
Questions to consider:
Have you ever pursued careers or professions that were “just were not you? What was the result?
Who do you truly feel you were meant to be in life?
How might you develop your strengths in order to become this person?
For further thought:
My ethical principle in the first place was: “Where could I use my talents that God gave me to help the most people?” ~ Sir John Marks Templeton