It seems as if there are a lot of people feeling an emptiness these days, kind of like being hollowed out. Could it be that they just haven’t found their calling; their purpose? I’ve experienced it myself in the past, which is the reason I hope this post can be of benefit to someone else.
Finding and following your calling is a big part of living with purpose. Finding that calling though, can be a pretty intimidating task, particularly if you put yourself under pressure to come up with the perfect answer right here and right now.
While it’s a goal worth pursuing, it’s also important to realize that it may take time to find your calling. It’s a process that will develop over time, and one that you can’t force. In fact, you shouldn’t. A much better plan of action is to take it one step and one day at a time until your calling becomes clear.
I believe the first, most important step is to get clear about what you really want.
Start With What’s Important To You
A great place to start is to think about what’s important to you. It doesn’t have to be huge or all-consuming. Start with something small. Find a cause you feel drawn to and do what you can to support it. Volunteer … learn more about it and share what you’re learning with others. Support organizations financially if you can.
Maybe this means knitting baby hats for preemies at your local hospital. Or making blankets for the homeless. Maybe it means spending time with an elderly neighbor, or maybe it means saving up for a mission trip next summer.
The most important thing is to simply start and do something. It’s good for your happiness and your health!
This image is one I posted on December 31, 2012 when I was doing a photo a day for the whole year. It applies now just as it did then. A simple wish that you, my fellow bloggers and faithful readers of this blog, will have a most prosperous and wonderful New Year. May it be filled with everything you wish for. We are all kindred spirits and I am grateful to be part of your world. God bless you and keep you in His loving protection. Thank you for being here and remember to be good to yourself and each other. Focus on what makes you happy. Namaste’
Let’s face it. Every single one of us on this planet has had a bad day at least once, right? OK, raise your hand if you’ve had one more than once. Yeah, I see you out there. Ya’all raised your hand, didn’t you? Well, join the club.
Here’s my friend, Funky Monkey Muse. Remember her? I caught her playing with Daisy’s happy face ball and realized she must have been having a bad day. So I told her it was alright and that Daisy wouldn’t mind. Then she smiled at me and I snapped her picture.
She wishes you smiles and happiness and says that if you have a bad day, just refer back to this post and know that things will get better soon. (She also whispered to me “if this doesn’t make your readers smile, then they need to check their pulse.”) I guess she still has just a wee bit of cynicism. Sorry. Namaste’
Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
Today’s photo is of a magnifying glass that I purchased not long ago. It just spoke to me because of the way it is made, the weight of it in my hand, and the excellent glass that was put into it. It REALLY magnifies. Kind of like how Mother Teresa’s poem can magnify our lives. Namaste’