Disciple of Purpose
Fear has tied me up in knots. And I’m not alone. So many of us watch the talk shows about gloom and imminent doom, and we read all the minutiae of the latest banking and failures. But how did we ever stop buying into thinking that cycles stop cycling? Natures supplies have always varied from season to season. Lean years were always a part of the deal. It’s all much bigger than me, my family, and my employer. The safety i’m longing to find is not in a house, or a job. And it’s certainly not in the numbers wall street grinds out 24/7.
Rather than fear the next catastrophic economic event, find someplace away from it all: a walk on the beach, a spot in the park, a waterfall. These places remind you that life will continue, with or without your anxiety and worries.
Connect with your breath. Feel how all can be well for a moment. Take that moment and add one more and one again. Pretty soon, you’ve strung together a few easy moments. All is well, and you notice your mind is trying to seduce you back into the game to go faster, to try harder, to reach and grasp. When you see it, observe your mind as if it were someone else’s. Notice how crazy that persons thoughts begin to seem. From this place, perhaps, you can see new possibilities emerge once again. Now you can start to turn the fear of failure into a plan of action. Separate your needs from your wants, and focus on the essentials. Find the joy in disciplining your thoughts and desires. Maybe this is your time to be tested at last, the time to shine your very own incredibly bright light, the time to get off the couch and get yourself going. Experience the pride of being different and successful when all others are behaving like lemmings. The word discipline comes from the word disciple. Are you ready to be a disciple of your own purpose? The great philosopher Nietzsche said “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Deep down you know you will make it, and you’ll emerge that much stronger.