"...cause you're free, to do what you want to do. You've got to live your life, do what you want to do..."
These are lyrics from the 90's dance floor filler "Free" by Ultra Nate. Before you start to panic, I have not become a music blogger. It's just that the words seemed so apt, considering the topic of today's post. I came across a quote today by Tara Mohr, which says "your calling will never demand that it be the way you pay your mortgage. It is simply begging you for some amount of expression in your life". When I read it, all I could think was "word". I had one of those 'aha' moments when the lights come on and you think "now that's what I'm talking about!"
For those of you who read the blog regularly (I thank you), you'll know that I revisit themes on a regular basis. That's not because I've run out of ideas about what to write about (okay, sometimes it is). Mostly, it's because I want to bring things to your attention in as many different ways as possible, so that everyone can have at least one 'aha' moment. This week's revisit is that wonderful theme of 'calling' or 'purpose'. To me, the freedom in Ms Mohr's quote comes from understanding that whilst our calling may not be our regular 9-5 gig, as long as it's expressed in our lives somehow, then it still helps us to live out our purpose. If you want to make it your 9-5 gig, then go ahead, but you don't have to.
I re-trained as a life coach 3 years ago and I have to say that earning a living from it, is turning out to be a lot slower and harder than I thought. However, because I know what my calling is, I can still live it out everyday, whether I am formally coaching clients or not. My calling is to help women heal from abuse and coaching is just one of the ways by which I do that. I can also do it through writing, training, running workshops or by simply sharing useful information. When we truly understand what our calling is, then we can begin to recognise all of the opportunities that come our way, that allow us to live out our calling.
So I ask: what's your calling? How are you expressing it? What's stopping you from expressing it? what one thing can you do today, to express your calling?
Friends, when all is said and done, it doesn't matter when you discover your calling. It doesn't matter if you are young or old. It doesn't even matter how big or small your calling is. All that really matters, is that you pay attention to it and give it some space. Personally, I have no intention of retiring from helping women heal from abuse. I may retire from coaching or training or running workshops, but I won't give up my calling. Why should I? As far as I know, there's no age limit on living out one's calling, so I'm going to keep going.
How about you? Will you join me on this adventure? What's that insistent little voice in your heart calling you to? What's that issue that makes you so cross, you just have to do something about it? What's that idea that you eat, sleep and breathe? Pay attention, it could just be your calling. See where it takes you. Who knows, you might actually change the world (your small part of it at least!)