Given the amount of time we spend working, failure to find meaningful, significant work is not just a minor misstep in living out God’s plan; it is a deeper kind of failure that can make each day feel like living death.
Your individual soul is the core of your human nature, the reason for which you were born, the essence of your specific life purpose. By soul I mean the vital, mysterious, and wild core of you.
If you could be paid to work all day manifesting your higher purpose, would you? Okay! Why aren’t you?
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
Humans are creators of meaning, and finding deep meaning in our experiences is not just another name for spirituality but is also the very shape of human happiness.
I believe that if you don’t derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don’t come radiantly alive several times a day, if you don’t feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has been bestowed on you, then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to waste.
True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
The life purpose of the true social entrepreneur is to change the world.
It is by awakening to awareness and attuning to the voice of our soul that we can actually become effective change-agents. We can honor the fact that our soul is on a journey AND so is our shared world. And the two journeys are interdependent. Effective, sustained, wise activism requires full-spectrum soulful awakened activists.
Expressing your soul’s voice should feel good, like scratching an itch you had since before you were born.
While we must each walk alone into the discoveries at the core of our own mystery, there must also be a village to receive the mystery of who we are. We are at a time in our cultural evolution where the solitary hero/ine at the center of his/her own story is longing for the spiritual backbone and collaboration of the village.
Your life purpose doesn’t just exist inside you, for your life purpose to flourish it needs room to breathe in the consciousness of other people.
* ”Mythopoetic identity” is a phrase coined by Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen to refer to the way a human comes to consciously understand their soul, namely through metaphor.”