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Reflecting on Finding My Purpose

Throughout my entire life, the question that has echoed in my mind is, "What is my purpose here?"

Ever since I first encountered Mary Oliver's poem “The Summer Day,” the question it poses has been ringing in my mind:

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?"

My aspirations are grand – I hope to accomplish great things, help others, and bring about unimaginable change. These noble aspirations are the driving force behind my journey. However, there's also a 'small me' that craves recognition, seeks acceptance, and yearns to be idolized. It's a constant dance between the altruistic and ego-driven facets of my focus.

In the pursuit of authenticity, I find solace in the wisdom of Buddha, who advised us to "have few desires, but have great ones." This perspective allows me to confront the shadow elements of my ambitions, acknowledge the parts that are ego-driven, and gradually free myself from the fear associated with them. While these egoic desires still linger, I've noticed their diminishing influence on my life and career choices.

At the dawn of 2023, on New Year's Day, as I engaged in my customary journaling and intention-setting ritual, I made a conscious decision to dedicate the year to defining my life's work. Now, 11 months later, I stand confident that I've stayed true to that commitment.

I wear multiple hats - a coach, a student of Zen, a son of God and Mother Earth, a father and brother to all beings, a shepherd, a caretaker. My purpose is clear - to alleviate suffering in the world. I've dedicated my life's work to this noble cause, developing a robust framework and toolset in coaching to bring about positive change. The passion that fuels my desire to help people relieve their suffering and grow in a way that enables them to assist others is undeniable.

As I reflect on this transformative journey, I feel a profound sense of gratitude. I can now ease off the relentless questioning of my overarching purpose and, instead, immerse myself in the depth of my life's work. It's a journey of purpose, and I am embracing it with an open heart and a determined spirit.

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