Have You Found Your Personal Legend?
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. — George Addair
You may already have found your purpose, or worse yet you may be fighting against letting go of it. How do you know when to let go? The answer is when the very thing that once brought joy and fulfillment one day ceases to do so. Not because it became too difficult or not challenging enough, but rather it just stopped bearing fruit. This realization most often visits us with no forewarning, and other times the writing is on the wall for all to see, but we ignore it. These are the moments when we need to step back and process the signal and not the symptom, even though it is in our nature to resist, especially when we hold on to the memories of yesterday and the feelings of elation that accompany them. The best axiom in this situation is to ask, “Am I running towards something or simply away?” Now, you may say, “I don’t have clarity on what this new season is supposed to bring.” This uneasiness is an essential part of the dissolution. You should and will not have the clarity at this moment, and the signal is not requiring that you do. It is simply an awareness that it is time to shed the current layer to make way for the next, and this means letting go and feeling quite rotten for a while as you drift.
Young Santiago begins life in The Alchemist following his calling to be a shepherd. Tending his flock day and night was his one and only purpose, or so he thought for a while until the whispers of his heart grew louder and could no longer be ignored. At this moment, Santiago had no idea what journey lay ahead. He did not have the clarity of a well-positioned GPS to follow. But he knew deep down that there was something more, and it was time to peel the onion. And like the typical hero journey captured by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, young Santiago resisted the change initially and sat with the pain of going after something more or surrendering and settling for something less. Such is the trap of anchoring our identity to what we do for a living or worse case scenario, what others perceive that we should do. The person you were in your twenties displays (or will) little resemblance to the one you are in your thirties or forties and beyond. Your purpose will and must change, or you will find yourself stagnating and selling a story to others that you too don’t believe.
So, take inventory of where you are in life. If you don’t know your purpose, just start taking action by doing that thing your heart whispers for a minimum of one hour a day. Don’t wait for the perfect moment or time, as it will never come. Don’t sell yourself lies that you will continue to exist for others until everything is taken care of and then one day you will start your life’s pursuit. Listen to your heart now and take action; it will never lie or lead you astray. Congratulations to those who are living their personal legend. Enjoy and relish the grandeur of the moment, but be willing to let it go when dissolution visits, and don’t allow fear to stop you from stepping into the next circle that awaits. And remember that when all else fails and the doubt is just too much to bear, find solace in this quote from The Alchemist.
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
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