Dear Beautiful Souls,
When we witness the chaotic, violent, and unpredictable events taking place around the world, it’s natural to feel unsettled and sad. Deeply troubled by what we see, we may have a sense of obligation to act, a wish to be of service.
However, we may not know what to do or where to begin. We may feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problems in the world. With so many different issues arising all over the planet, how can we possibly make any difference?
We may feel aimless, not knowing our purpose. With time, we may become pessimistic and hopeless. Unsure what action to take and doubtful that our actions would make any difference, we may simply not take any action at all.
The Divine has placed you on earth for a reason. Each one of us has a vital role to play in restoring peace and harmony to the world. If you allow hopelessness to paralyze you, you will deprive the world of the contribution only you could make. To fulfill the intention of your creation, you must discover your unique role.
To get unstuck and get started, consider your particular abilities. Find a place where your gifts are needed. Then take action, one step at a
time. When talent meets service, you have found your life purpose. It’s that simple.
- Identify your gifts and talents. Every soul comes with a figurative fingerprint, a blend of God-given talents that prepare us to add to life in our own unique ways. We are most in touch with our unique and innate gifts in childhood. Think back to your own youth. What were some of your dreams? Was there anything that you did particularly well? What were your early hobbies or favorite realms of imagination? These can be understood as early manifestations of your gifts, and they can be geared toward a higher purpose.
- Choose an area of focus. What area of need calls to you? Let go of thoughts about what you “should” care about, and instead ask yourself what you feel genuinely passionate about. How does your soul wish to express its goodness in the world? For additional tools that can help you clarify your meeting point between talent and service, see this blog post.
- Take one small step at a time. Don’t allow yourself to become discouraged by the magnitude of the problems or the amount of work to be done. It’s not necessary – or even possible – to save the world all at once. Just take one step at a time. The local, everyday efforts of individual people are the building blocks of change. Every action ripples outward, so no choice is too small to make a difference. It’s possible that you will never know the full impact you have had.
Instead of asking “How can I save the world,” ask “What are the unique things I have to offer? How can I be a force of good right here, right now?” When you approach life this way, “saving the world” is no longer something you might manage to accomplish in the future if only you could figure out how. It becomes something you do all the time, with every action you take, in every aspect of your life. Understand that you can change the world from within your circle of influence, wherever you are and however you are called to help.
When the greatness of your soul's expression has found a channel and a stream to follow, it will do so easily and joyously. A purpose-driven life is the most precious gift you can give to yourself and to the world. That's when you become part of the solution and help restore peace, harmony, and the magnificence of the human race.
Action item: Think back to your childhood and identify your unique gifts and talents. Then find ways to be of service, starting where you are. What do you notice? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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