“Listen” said the White Spirit. “Once you were a child. Once you knew what inquiry was for. There was a time when you asked questions because you wanted answers, and were glad when you found them. Become that child again; even now.”
~ C.S. Lewis (The Great Divorce)
“No one has ever, or will ever, come into this world with the exact same mission as yours. The light you are meant to shine into the world is yours alone, as individual as your fingerprint, as personal as your voiceprint.”
~ Sara Yoheved Rigler
We don't ask "What is the meaning of life?" but "What is the meaning of my life?"
~ Gregg Levoy (Callings)
Last week, in contemplating the meaning of Rosh Hashanah, I made a few discoveries. Far more than just a New Year - with resolutions (not often kept) - it’s a time of deeper reflection and evaluation…and a time to identify our life’s mission.
Rabbi Nivin suggests that we ask ourselves (and write down): What were the five or ten most pleasurable moments of my life? Be more specific than “Seeing Niagara Falls.” No universal, transcendent moments such as enjoying nature or music. Think callings.
Some time ago at a spiritual retreat, speaker Keith Miller asked us the question, “What do you want to do for the rest of your life?” We were then told to spend the afternoon writing down all the things we loved doing enough to make them our life’s purpose.
Of course I naturally named “writing” - among other things. But it’s amazing how all of my dreams – unspoken until that retreat – have been achieved. From that pivotal moment, I can vouch for the need to list our desires of the heart, to name them one by one…
Because, most likely, they were God-given from the get-go.
They just need to be awakened in order to bear fruit.
Alexander Seinfeld asks 20 questions designed to move us forward toward our life’s purpose. He suggests that we spend 5 meditative minutes on each question.
Meanwhile… I’ll ask you that seemingly simple question that Keith Miller asked at the retreat:
“What do you want to do for the rest of your life?”