Thursday, 19 May 2016

Do what you love


This might sound somewhat corny, but I believe with all my heart and soul that each one of us is born with a talent, and a destiny that will unfold in the most miraculous way when we honour and use that talent. Some might call it "finding their calling" or "discovering their purpose in life." I call it, "doing what you love to do and following your passion." Actually, they are all the same thing. Your calling and destiny are hidden within the precious desires of your heart. What an ingenious place to put it! All that is required is for you to look within and discover what gives you the greatest joy. 

A valuable question to assist you in this process is, "What would I do with my life if money were not an issue?" I’m not asking what would you buy for yourself, or what luxury trips you would take, but rather what would you "do" with your life. The key word is "do." What practices or activities bring you the most pleasure? Do you know why they bring you such pleasure?

This might surprise you, but they bring you pleasure because the Universe/the Source wants you to do them. They bring us pleasure because nature wants us to use them. When we use them we gift many. How simple and yet revolutionary: your purpose in life, your destiny, your reason for living, your ultimate happiness, all come from following and trusting what you love to do. Quite ingenious.

A couple of years ago I started setting up websites for myself - 2 for business and a few just for the love of it. I had no other motive than simply indulging myself in what had become my passion. There certainly was going to be no financial benefit in it, or so I thought. Little did I realize at the time that, by following this path, I would become a very successful web designer, writer of articles on many subjects and selling my art online. It was my destiny to do this, and I only discovered it by chance because I followed and trusted what gave me the greatest pleasure.

Not only is "Doing What You Love" a key to personal fulfilment, it is more often than not the key to financial success as well. While I was writing articles and posting them to my various blogs and websites, I decided to send each of my financially successful friends (those with assets over a million) a notification of my doings so I could get their feedback. As I finished my list and was reading over the names, I suddenly realized that every single one of them had achieved their success in areas they enjoyed working in – one was in the security business, another was in air conditioning, one in law, still another in home renovating – and so it went. They had found their passion, devoted themselves to it, and had prospered. Every single one of them was doing what they loved doing.

It got me thinking. Has anybody ever been tremendously successful doing what he or she dislikes? Sure you can make a living doing what you don’t enjoy, and many people do, but can you be tremendously successful? I thought about it for a while and you know what? I couldn’t think of anyone that I either knew or had read about in newspapers who was tremendously successful at doing something they did not enjoy doing. Not one. Something to ponder as we make our life choices.
- Maree Clarkson

"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt


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