Often, the greatest obstacle in our life can lead us to our purpose in some way.
It’s the cosmic set up in life to, “figure out the solution to X,Y AND Z in your life, so that you can bring the solution of X, Y AND Z to many.” It’s the motivating factor behind self-realization.
Before I wrote anything for public consumption, I taught writing for 10 years. I didn’t think I would become a writer; I’d had any self-confidence drained out of me for so many years through authority figures that I wasn’t going to put my neck out there.
Even after teaching writing for 10 years, I never thought I’d be sharing my writing. But some deep desire to distill and discover my story urged me forward. Now I teach others how to overcome their own anxiety in writing or teaching or speaking in public.
Our purpose can come out of our journeys. Even as we search for our purpose, we may be living it.
Somebody Who Taught Me
I had an uncle who lived his purpose, especially towards the end of his life: he wrote poetry and comforted souls who had suffered loss. Because he had suffered.
I learned a great deal through him.
I went to talk to him many years ago, and I told him my story of loss. He sat beside me and gave me an amazing hug, and tears came down his face. In that hug contained the message of his own healing, the template of how he made it from victim to empowerment. He transmitted it to me. He taught me in that moment what he had needed most to learn because of the journey he had taken.
The journey is everything. Your journey is the gift you have to give others.
Share Your Journey
So write about your journey, or tell your story to others. Not to stay in the drama, but to dig for the gold mine to share with others. It’s step one on the 18 steps that I speak of in my book. Where have you suffered? Where do you still struggle? It shows up in what you resist or in your deep desires. Where has life put you in this moment? What are you learning that you may be able to give to others?
Let me know by leaving me a note below. I would love to hear from you.