"Be? I want to be me! I still will want to be me, in all the magic of what that means." This is what was running through my 8 year old mind, but politely I answered with something appropriate that I knew the grownup wanted to hear. The answer changed as often as the question asked.
Children are exploring their way through experiences and trying to maneuver challenges just like grownups are, yet we expect them to know what career they want that will define their goals as good or bad in society's judgmental eyes.
I am politely asking you all to back up, back off, and hold your horses for just a few moments. Reflect on the younger you. What would you say to your younger self now? What loving advice would you give that will serve your younger self well throughout this journey on earth? Would it really be career advice, advice on what to do in order to make money?
For me, I would whisper to my younger self the power of purpose. "Every day, if you wake up with a positive and loving purpose to do no harm, teach someone something great by a gesture or a smile, then you have figured it all out. Power can come from gentle movements, not always a storm. The power of your personal goals change as the goals themselves change. The power of your purpose moves and changes because everything and everyone changes. That is the only constant, my sweet younger self."
If one is lucky enough to have figured out the power of purpose over and over as one changes, and then shares the positive shifts with the world, the world is a better place for having one in it.
What is your purpose today? What was it ten years ago? Can you smile at your life well lived? Can you wake up to the power of your purpose?
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