Finding Courage To Do Work You Love

16th November 2015

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One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice…

Mary Oliver – The Journey

You too know, what to do when the work you do no longer works for you. A raucous calling or barely audible whisper extends an invitation, to give up the soft and safe sand beneath your feet in exchange for something bigger. An unfamiliar work full of wonder and promise, more befitting for your soul and this, your one and only precious life.

If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would your something bigger be?

Yet… with your precious life at stake with all its curiosity, hope and meaningful intent, you fail to act. To don your boots and walk courageously, with all your vulnerability, across harsh terrain towards your journey’s end. Instead, you stand still, waylaid in uncertainty. Listening to your negative aged and raging voices. Your soul’s voice hushed by past defeats and others opinions; those with your best interests at heart. Those wanting you to stay here, just as you are!

Who would you be and what would you do without the opinions of others?

Following your first step; awakening to a work you no longer love, your second step is to connect with, and honour your soul’s voice with its invitation to walk on towards your true north. This heartfelt summons urges you to embrace the unique blend of magic and talent that is yours alone. Your special way of being and doing. Your way of changing the world.

How do you want to change the world?

The uneven ground of the unknown with its free fall of uncertainty, may doubt you are able. Distrust will insist and bad advice will rife. It’s all part of the journey. Resist temptation to covert another’s path. A seductive, falsely golden lighted one with its promise of a richer, faster, easier way. Instead, stay true. Place your feet firmly on the one and only path you can conquer and call your own.

How have you found your right way before?

As you navigate this new, uneven ground beneath your feet, trips and falls strengthen and inform and inch you on. As you accustom your self, you engage and change the conversation with your work. Leaving the old ways with their fear and tendency to smallness behind as you imagine a new way of being in and with your work.

When will you find work you love? To do what you’re here to do?

There is never a perfect place to start.

A cure for hesitation …just do it. Now!

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Mary Oliver – The Journey