Economic downturn can be opportunity to move into alignment with your personal mission

It can be a totally degrading, disheartening experience for many of us.  First the job goes.  Then the house.  Now here you are in your mid-40’s living with friends or family (or worse).  Your self-esteem may be at an all-time low.

OK, that’s not me right now.  But I have gone through some very hard times, such as becoming almost totally disabled in my mid-30’s and moving in with my parents so they could take care of me.  (I’m fine now).

But one thing I have learned about times like these is that if you stick it out, things will get better.  And in that light, when it seems like your world has fallen apart, you have a golden opportunity to determine how you would like to put it together differently.

One important aspect of The Music of Systems is the notion that you all have some sort of personal “mission”  – a contribution for the betterment of life on Earth, that is uniquely yours to make.  Many of us have a notion of what that might be.  When times are good, it can seem impossible to move forward on this “mission” – with the mortgage, and the job you are locked into in order to pay it.  So maybe, if all that has recently gone away, you have an opportunity now.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  What skills do you have that you might be able to use, to the benefit of others?  Do you have a sense of something you have always wanted to do? Or some inkling that maybe you are supposed to go to a particular place a week from Tuesday?

What gets you excited?  What brings you joy?  How can you re-assemble your life so you get to do more of that?  What kind of jobs are available related to those things?  Do you think you would compete well if an interviewer senses your passion?

What skills would you need to learn to do your passion as a business?  How could you learn them?  What resources would you need?

OK – don’t kid yourself.  There is usually work involved with making any of theses things happen.  Sometimes, you work really, really hard.  And other times, it can seem effortless.  But even if you are working really, really hard to get your dream to happen, you are so far ahead of the people who are working 70 hours per week at something they hate, to pay the mortgage on the house they are upside down on.

If this resonates for you, I would encourage you to consider, “what would be the first step?”  Do you have the courage to take it?

If you decide to take a step, watch for the magic.  This would be your clue that you are on course with discovering your mission.  If you would like, you can read my story about how pet hermit crabs led to the development of a new energy-healing technology.  OK – the “magic” doesn’t have to look like it did in my story, it can take many forms.  If you simply feel uplifted, joyful, or on-purpose with your life, that can also be great feedback that you are headed in the right direction.

For other fun and inspiring stories of other people who are fulfilling their missions, check out this link to e-chievement awards stories.  And if you would like to share something about your personal “mission,” or your journey towards it, please feel free to leave a reply below.

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