“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks–we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.” ― Parker J. Palmer
A work/life balance?
Don’t get me started.
I’m serious. If you think these topics the highest priority then something has gone seriously awry.
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But why would we be drawn to anything more than our egocentric desires?
And before you think I’ve got this sorted, let me dispel that myth: I’m just as wired to think “me first” as anyone else. In fact, I’m so often ashamed of my own self-interest that I wonder why I bother.
I suspect you’re fed up with me exhorting change but I can’t help it. Something draws me in. But, actually, I know all of us have this great yawning gap where we believe something more important should live and breathe than the usual but oh-so-moribund sh*t that fills our lives.
What we need do is stand back from the Capitalist ideal and ask ourselves what we’re leaving behind for our children and theirs. I mean, who in their right mind would eat the planet alive in pursuit of some happiness trip and then have the gall to say “Who me? Are you serious?”.
Right now I’m on mission. It feels like stars in motion. I can’t tell you too much but, if done right, I know that it will change me and those I serve…forever. It’s not that I’ve got some uber plan but I know that if I keep inviting the question “What’s missing?” that something profound will show up.
I love life and I’ll never give up on the possibility of seeing a more beautiful world (see the work of Charles Eisenstein) but that doesn’t mean I won’t have a hell of a fight to make the breakthrough to you and those I serve.