The thought of what else could I be doing with my life now is one of those thoughts that cuts across race, religion, gender, culture, career and age.
It’s a thought that begs for attention but often gets dismissed in the midst of life’s haunting pressures, fostered by cultural norms and social expectations. It’s possible for you to be 70 today and find out that you’ve been busy living up to everybody’s expectations except your own.
At that age, at that point, what else would you want to make of your life? And if you are nowhere near 70, how can you take charge of your life now and turn it into a massive catalyst for progress for yourself and others?
Here are a few thoughts that might help:
1. Don’t blame
2. Start where you are
3. Put a spin on your life’s experience
4. Seek divine intervention
5. Open to your fellow mortals who are well ahead of you in the journey of purpose
6. Find others you can help with your story
Please don’t descend into that valley of depression. It’s a dark alley that offers no hope. The past is past. If you’re going to make things better, don’t blame others for your predicaments neither should you blame yourself. The important thing is to arise now and move forward.
START WHERE YOU ARE
The graph of destiny is not always a straight one. It’s not that it can’t be straight but human nature makes that almost impossible. From where you are today, you can begin your movement to your fulfillment.
Definitely, you have to create a new path from where you are. You may not be able to do some things again (now, don’t focus on that), but certainly whatever remains for you to do and brings you to fulfillment quicker, then do.
PUT A SPIN ON YOUR LIFE’S EXPERIENCE
Funny enough, all the bad things you’ve experienced are lessons for your new life and those who will be blessed through your life. Point is, use your past failures to teach yourself and others on what to avoid in life.
The easiest way to become a sensation is to make your past mess your message.
Farida Bedwei is a Nigerian-born Ghanian Software Engineer with cerebral palsy
Cobhams is a Nigerian music producer who was born blind
This is driven home well by people like Chad Hymas, Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic, Cobhams Asuquo, Farida Bedwei and many more. All these people, in spite of their disabilities, are well-known role models and their stories of disability is the main theme of their message – showing how it has not reduced their ability to contribute to life and society.
Lesson: From where you are today, your story of recovery and victory (in adversity) can become the next sensation that will trigger you into limelight of massive global impact.
SEEK DIVINE INTERVENTION
While some people only generalize purpose into doing what is important in life, and that they know of no cosmic significance for finding meaning, the truth is meaning is both theological and philosophical. Finding meaning is bringing eternal thoughts to bear on our own human thoughts and physical existence.
So, seek God’s help to get back in line with the original path marked out for your life. How do we do that? By prayer, meditation and gratitude, you can connect to God’s mind and receive definite guidance on what path to take next in (your) life. This has been of immense benefit to me, connecting me with the highest level of knowledge – inspiration. (The first two is information & intuition. Information is data gathered externally while intuition is a knowing supplied by your human spirit. The human spirit has an unbelievable capacity for knowing things without previous knowledge and God has gifted everyone with this ability.)
OPEN TO YOUR FELLOW MORTALS WHO ARE WELL AHEAD OF YOU IN THE JOURNEY OF PURPOSE
That’s kind of straightforward. People with genuine experience litter the entire landscape of your spiritual formation. Connect with them. Learn from them. You’ll be better for it.
FIND OTHERS YOU CAN HELP WITH YOUR STORY
As you grow vertically above others in your vicinity, you need to spread out your influence over those immediately available to you. Your story will inspire them to become their true selves, avoid the kind of mistakes you made and connect to God’s infinite help earlier than you did, perhaps.
The beautiful thing about life is that, from where you are now, if you can see the meaning in your current circumstances, how it ties to your glorious destiny, you will immediately change your physiology and your new mood will stimulate in you the necessary motivation to resume your life’s project of purpose. And every step of the way, finding the meaning in each experience, is what makes you committed to the BIG picture of your life.
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