As a person, you are a masterpiece. You are imbued with staggering intelligence, dreams, passions, desires, skills and relationships. Yet despite this amazing reality, most people still “live lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them.” (Thoreau)
Everyone has at least one thing; one thing that they were born to do that was designed to be your unique contribution to humanity. That one thing that was designed to reach critical mass within you until it explodes into the the universe to create ripples in our spheres of influence. It is your small harmony or grand verse to the sweet song of humanity. It is your unique voice. No one can tell you what it is, but you’ve felt it in glimpses and flashes. It is the thing that when you are impacted by it from others, it moves you to want to be more, love more, feel more, experience more, serve more, share more and give more.
I’ve long noticed that despite the presence of this capacity in each one of us, many people are too consumed by the tyranny of the seemingly urgent and often mundane to allow themselves to live from that place. More tragic still, a great many people have had that gift squashed by life, have never understood that they possessed it, were unaware that they should even be looking for it, or didn’t realize what it was until it was too late to do anything about it.
If you know what your one thing is, congratulations! You however, are in the minority. If that is you, stop reading here-just go do it. Don’t seek to do it better than anyone else, just do it to your absolute fullest ability and passion. Do it immediately. Do it without excuse, apology, perseveration or procratination. But do it.
For those who long to find their unique gift, their voice, their one thing; I offer the following road map. Spend time with yourself and ask the following questions:
- If you had one day left to live and the ability to enjoy and experience it, how would you choose to spend it?
- What gives you hope?
- What would you do even if no one noticed?
- What would you do for free?
- What do you enjoy doing so much, that you forget to eat when you’re doing it?
- What do people routinely ask for your help and advice with?
- What do you most want to do that you are terrified or embarrassed to do?
- If you won the $1.6 Billion Power Ball and it were six months later (i.e. if time and money were no longer prohibitive factors in your life), what would you do tomorrow?
- What are you better at than nearly everyone you know?
- What do you find yourself daydreaming about?
Do something that matters. Do not abdicate your contribution and thereby squander your gift to humanity. Inspire someone today. People need you. People are waiting for you.
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