I have this very grave problem of being ever so excited about all types of opportunities that come my way that I find it very difficult to carefully examine what I should be doing. And so, I whip out a pen and paper and start mapping my life. Sometimes this helps me reflect and gain perspective. At other times, it’s just a gigantic excuse for an art-attack (I employ all sorts of markers and pens in these endeavours).
I stumbled upon the very wise words of Frederick Buechner. Very simply –
“Where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need,”
– This is what you should be doing. This is passion. This is living in your element.
And speaking of living in your element, I cannot help but bring up Sir Ken Robinson. He’s hilarious, wise, and worth a listen. He talks about passion and purpose, the synthesis of which would be you and I living in our own unique element. This is a space where the quintessence of who we are comes alive – it’s about fully awakened potential in the most meanigiful way possible. You can find the talk here.
Yes, these ideas and rules to live by are easier said than done, but I think they provide a very important framework for living. It’s stuff like this that gently provokes my conscience when I have to make a decision and desperately need a check or when I simply choose to imagine where I want to be in this big world. Hopefully it does the same for you.