1999-2019: Celebrating 20 Years of Ripples!
Ripples #1036: Your Reason, Your Dance!
Apr 1, 2019
One reason you’re on this planet is to discover all the reasons you’re on this planet. Go find your reasons!
-Cory Moen, written and shared by Cory in Kearney, NE
There is a dance only you can do, that exists only in you, here and now, always changing, always true. Are you willing to listen with fascination? If you are, it will deliver you unto the self you have always dreamed you could be. This is a promise.
-Gabrielle Roth, shared by Pete in Sedona, AZ
I had an engaging exchange with Cory about his emerging life philosophy that we feature as today’s pebble. I particularly liked his reminder that finding meaning and purpose in life is an ongoing process and not a “once you find it then you’re done” kind of thing.
I also like the perspective that there isn’t just One Thing we’re here to do in this lifetime. We might find different reasons for different areas of our lives (work, home, community, etc.) and we also might have directions that evolve over time. One period in our lives might be really focused on one particular goal, and then we get to another chapter and find that it is time to move in a different direction and focus on something entirely different.
What I love most about his philosophy is that finding purpose isn’t a passive process where you just sit and wait around for it to show up. Meaning is more likely to make itself known if we’re out and about in the world, taking chances and trying different things.
If you’re in a groove right now with a solid sense of direction, take some time this week to celebrate! If you’re struggling or just feeling a little lost at the moment, take heart: finding your dance is sometimes difficult, and most of us experience at least occasional periods of feeling lost and unable to hear any music at all.
It might be helpful to keep your eyes open for opportunities to try new things that the universe plants in your path. Tackling a new project, or sampling a new hobby or community service effort might help you find a new rhythm.
Alternatively, it could be useful to just sit in the not knowing and notice what it is like to not have a solid direction at the moment. You might learn a little something about yourself, and that might lead to an insight that leads you in a new direction.
The Ripples Guy