why you are a missionary

26-this-presence

‘Figuring out your life has become figuring out your job, which is still coming from an industrial revolution mentality.’*

What if our mission in life is to live out our uniqueness as fully as we can rather than to see it as finding the “right” job?

‘The nature of life based on photosynthesis assures this will happen: fire will occur unless something blocks it.’**

And if you’re not producing “fire”or genius of some kind then you need to identify what’s blocking it.  Because as photosynthesis is to flora so imagination and dreaming is to humans.

‘Dreamers can never be tamed.’

‘Position yourself with something that captures your curiosity, something that you’re missionary about.’^^

Who we are (compass) leads to what we do (work).  What we do hopefully informs our job choice but is far larger.  This is the thing we can’t help but be about.

My work with the people I meet in life is not about helping them to find their job but about identifying their work (out of which, hopefully, they will go on to make the decisions they must about their job-life).

We find our work by noticing things, the things we’re instinctive and intuitive and explorative in.  What do you see that excites you, the thing others may not see, or may see but not be excited by.  Your enthusiasm for this and not the enthusiasm, or lack of, from others is what counts when it comes to what excites you.

Then some simple things to purse it.

Read about this.

Go to conferences and workshops focusing on it (there are lots of free resources on line).

Talk to people who are also interested and enthused and who are further along the path.

And make sure to do something.

Through all of this, journal – write it out.

This is your calling and mission.

‘Attend.  Listen to what life calls you to do.’*^

‘But what if wandering is the the real work.  In nourishing our bodies, giving space for our minds and hearts to breathe, caring for the soul, and letting the subconscious mind tackle problems, we are actually doing much more for ourselves and the world.  This is the big work.’^*

(*From Patrick Dodson’s Psychotic Inertia.)
(**From Stephen Pyne’s Fire.  This may seem a little random to include here but I wander through many texts and this one caught my eye and imagination)
(^Yau the translator in Paulo Coelho’s Aleph.)
(^^From Peter DIamandis and Steven Kotler’s Bold.)
(*^From Otto Scharmer’s Theory U.)
(^*From Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)

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