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Window Shopping for Purpose and Passion

I have been a little MIA here lately.  I have written many posts… in my head.  Trust me, I have some brilliant thoughts at 3:00 am that I never put to paper (or keyboard) the next morning.  So what have I been doing instead of blogging?  Why am I up thinking at 3:00 am? 

I have been shopping.  Well, window shopping actually.

I have put a lot of energy into window shopping for my purpose and passion.

I am a happy person.  I love my life and feel blessed with the things in it.  I have a wonderful husband, two adorable children, a stable and rewarding career… but…

…I feel like I am wearing a shirt I love that doesn’t fit quite right.

…I feel like I am meant to do something else, something more in line with my passions and strengths.

…I feel like my happy life could be happier.

I feel like I am searching for my “purpose”.  Yes, I am a mother and wife, those things are paramount.  But when I take away relationship titles, who am I?  

Is this just a career search? I don’t think so, but I could be wrong.  I have a career, but does it speak to who I am?  I am not sure.  Does it capitalize on my strengths?  Not all of them.  The time we spend working is significant, shouldn’t it or couldn’t it represent us?

In search of quieting the questions in my head,  I have invested more time in my work while researching new careers.  I have been trying to gauge how much I love my job and if it is the right one.  I have been searching for the ideal job that fits multi-faceted me.

Then something great happened, a chance conversation.  A wise friend, who I respect very much, recently shared with me that he is trying to figure out what is next for him after he wraps up his current corporate gig.  He explained he might put more effort into a few small companies he runs, he might do philanthropic work, or he might do something totally different.  It sounded like he might dabble in several things.

As I reflected on our conversation, it hit me that I was trying to get all of my passion and purpose in a few places.  I realized that I have more than one purpose and I need to figure out how to prioritize them, not combine them.  I am the queen of multi-tasking, but you can’t multi-task life.  I think life is meant to be enjoyed and lived in separate streams.  Career, motherhood, charity work, friendships, hobbies – they are each deserving of their own time.  And I deserve to enjoy each of them without distraction (on the ideal days – don’t get literal with a woman with young children).

The other important thing I am figuring out is that I need to focus on the details and let go of the big picture.  No, I didn’t write that backwards.  I would like to better appreciate the happiness and passion I already have instead of trying to connect them to one purpose in life.  I read a quote by MeiMei Fox that I love:

The key to happiness is not enjoying every single moment of every day. That’s an unrealistic expectation that sets you up for disappointment. The key is to celebrate every tiny but glorious, extraordinary and surprising experience you have.  She goes on to provide the critical reminder that:

“When something miraculous takes place — and by miraculous, I mean any of the seemingly small yet phenomenal events that unfold all the time, from your child laughing in your arms, to your best friend calling in tears to tell you her mother has cancer — stop. Put down your smart phone. Watch. Listen. Taste. Touch. Show up.”

I sometimes often forget to stop and show up.  I over multi-task, I miss the passion, the purpose that already exists.  So I am still window shopping from time to time, but I am trying to spend more time just experiencing.

The restless feeling hasn’t completely left me, but now I interpret it as excitement and anticipation for the many blessings that I will experience in the moments, days, months and years ahead.  My personal challenge is taking them one moment at a time.

Do you feel like you know your purpose?  Do you experience life?  Do you show up?

  1. G Craig Vachon
    May 26, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Well written friend.

    “Living every day of your life fully, including the hard ones. Being the best you have it in you to be. And someday, being able to give something back.”

    Shirley Nelson

  2. May 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Wow. You dug right into my heart with this one, Paige.

    Beautiful. And true.

    Thanks for the insight this morning. (and the smile when I saw your post in my INBOX.)

    You are very special, my friend. Keep shopping, but realize that you?
    Are already more purposeful than most…just the way you are.

    For real.

  3. May 27, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Great post, Paige. I think you’ve captured what a lot of people (particularly women) experience. I am going to focus more on just ‘showing up.’

    Also, what Julie wrote above? Ditto 🙂

  4. May 27, 2011 at 4:33 am

    This is deep. See, I know what I could do, I am just scared to do it. I know some of my passion, purpose and my predicaments and I find myself trying to multitask between these 3P’s. But I know now, that I cannot multitask, I have to prioritize and triangulate between these 3 to experience happiness.

    Thank you for this touching piece. Oh my, this really hit home. I am not shopping but I am finding more purpose in life. I am looking at the right places and I am hoping that I can truly identify what they are without wasting too much time.

  5. May 27, 2011 at 5:45 am

    HI Paige! I believe we all go through these moments in our life at different stages. It’s good, because it inspires us to grow and change and reflect on who we really are. But it’s hard. Thanks for sharing such heartfelt emotions, it really resonated with me. I am actually quite excited for you because something wonderful may be right around the corner, but you are showing up to enjoy today. I got laid off from my job a few months ago. I was beyond devastated – had never not worked in my life and I found purpose there. But I had been extremely unhappy for a while. Amazing right! God kicked my butt right out of there, and I am so happy right now. Time with my kids, writing like a madwoman, and looking for a job that will make me more fulfilled, even with less money. Really wonderful post!

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