In the midst of it all, in the midst of confusion, of deadlines, of fear, of obligations, Purpose still waits. The Muse still waits, patiently. What is important, really important, the most important to you? If you aren’t sure, look at how you spend your time. If you don’t like the answer, spend your time differently.
“You don’t understand,” you protest. “You don’t know all the commitments I have. You don’t understand how limited I am by the past, by my children, by my finances, by my ADHD, by my job, by my income or lack of income, my marriage, my divorce, my health…my life!”
I don’t understand.
And I do understand.
I don’t understand because I’m not in your shoes. You’re not giving excuses. Your limitations are very real. Yes, there are some people who give excuses. We all know them. They say they want something, but when it comes down to it, they aren’t willing to do what it takes. You, however, are. But you have very real limitations. I get it. I don’t know what it’s like to live your life day after day, fighting your battles the way you do. I will say this: I’m impressed. You’ve managed to accomplish things despite all your struggles. So I believe you can go further. We all have limitations. But we all have potential, too. There are others who have had the same limitations, and worse, and somehow they have overcome. We look at these people as giants or geniuses. They weren’t. They were human, imperfect, just like us. If they seemed like geniuses or giants, it’s because they did what they had to do to become those things. So though I don’t understand what you’re fighting, because I’m not with you every day, I believe you can overcome it. You have before and you can again.
I also do understand. Whatever list of reasons you have for not striving towards your purpose, I assure you mine is just as long, if not longer. This might be a good place to commiserate, to share our troubles. Sometimes we need that. But what I need more is to do my work, as much as I can, as often as I can.
What I need to do, what you need to do, is to Get Started and Keep Going…in the midst of it all.