Most everyone I talk to these days, is busy churning stuff out. I find myself exhausted flipping through Facebook posts as so many are racing somewhere into the future. I hope they know where they are going. I hope where the work never ends is their fuel and not an escape. It’s hard to tell sometimes, isn’t it?
COVID-19, politics and isolation has made everyone a bit touchy and hard to read- especially those we don’t know very well.
But when we don’t embrace all of the feelings this seemingly endless period of isolation and tireless work has bestowed generously upon each of us– and be willing to share some of our frustrations, anxiety, hurts, and victories- we are hijacking an opportunity.
An opportunity to witness in ourselves what we really want from our time on planet earth and our willingness to tell others what really matters. If you block yourself from feeling, and sharing your feelings, you block your truest purpose and highest potential from showing up in front of you in the presence of another. Our choices in COVID-19 will reveal more to us about our ourselves than just about any other time in history if we allow it to. One way to block the anguish of experiencing these feelings, and not have to ask too many deep questions of one’s self, and share, is to get busy. I mean REAL busy to block. them. all. out.
It’s through human sacrifice, and extremes that we define ourselves and our lives and make choices we might otherwise never feel forced to make. Despite the pain we all have felt and face, COVID-19 is offering up an opportunity to each of us to see clearly into ourselves.
There it is. The irony of 20/20 really.
This week I have been listening to Turning Pro by Steve Pressfield. If you want to achieve your highest purpose you have to Turn Pro and never look back. I highly suggest listening to the author read it.
No shadow career, denial, running from what scares you or running towards those who most impress you. It’s about owning your desires, your power, your abilities and knowing who your toil will benefit meaningfully. It’s about the simplicity of the work and your honor and commitment to it.
Investing into ourselves is scary and hard hard work, without a doubt. I get it. I am living the dream in the desert. The solitude, feelings of isolation, missing my family, combined with endless work and exhaustion, watching no TV, reading some, mostly collapsing into bed, night after night, requires 100% of my full presence to endure. Thank God for the scenery. It’s probably saved me from throwing myself into the river already 1000 times.
Being the professional, at whatever it is you are suppose to be professional at, isn’t for everyone. But it certainly makes for a life worth living when you know what in life is driving you. And that which has meaning and purpose to you is enough to sacrifice for. Isn’t it?
To your highest purpose and best self,
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