Three things you can ask yourself to start discovering your Life's Work
Uncovering your Life's Work is a life long task. What is it you are really here to do -- such an important question, such a critical journey. Now more than ever, the Earth needs people to ask this question. This is because creating and cultivating a Life's Work is one of the best ways to build peace and sustainability in these times.
Here are three simple exercises you can do to start discovering your Life's Work:
1. Remember what it was you wanted to do when you were a child. As children, we have not yet been fully assimilated into larger social doctrines, or familial or cultural expectations about what it is we "should" be doing. And as children, there were probably many times when we were asked what it is we wanted to do later, as adults. Start to remember how it was that you answered those questions, as they are clues about your Life's Work. When you were a child, you probably gave an answer that was deeply honest and true, and which came from the core of a budding but highly aware consciousness.
When I was a child, I remembered that I used to tell people I wanted to be the Pope. This answer sounds almost silly to me today as a lawyer living in New York and San Francisco, and while I consider myself deeply spiritual, I never thought of myself as religious or giving any thought as a teenager to joining any type of priesthood. But when I sat with this memory, I realized that what I was really trying to tell people was that I wanted to act in a leadership role in helping others to find a deeper spiritual purpose, and to act as a guiding light for those people. That is exactly what I am doing in my life today.
2. If money weren't an issue, what would be your dream job? Money is very real concern for many people, and when you start to uncover your Life's Work, that won't change. But in order to really start to understand what it is you are here to do, put money aside for a moment. Assume you have a never ending debit card that you can use whenever you need it. After taking whatever time you needed off to vacation and relax, what would you do at that point? How would you challenge yourself and what would you do to give yourself purpose every morning? What would make you want to jump out of bed every morning? Think about these things and write down the ideas that come to mind.
3. What do you want to say you accomplished on your death bed? Thinking about death doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun, but in uncovering your Life's Work, it is actually one of the most important things you can do. Tomorrow is never guaranteed; we absolutely cannot live our lives as if they will extend indefinitely, because they won't. Every day is precious, and when you are on the path of your Life's Work, every day should be dedicated in some manner to building the oeuvre of your work that you wish to leave behind.
There's an old Latin expression: carpe diem. It means "seize the day." It's part of a larger expression, carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero, which loosely translates as "seize the day, and put little trust in tomorrow." Every day should be used and taken advantage of to build your Life's Work.
So, when you are on your death bed, and about to pass from this wavelength, what do you want to say you did and accomplished? What do you want others to say about you? Think about these things: in answering this question, you will dig deep into your consciousness for what it is you want to be remembered for, and what it is you are here to do.
What is my own Life's Work? Currently, I believe my Life's Work to be acting as a resource and source of inspiration for other people who wish to uncover and cultivate their own purpose and the reason for why they are here at this time. I believe that in doing this, I can be a light that lights a thousand other candles, and help build peace and sustainability.