But, that's rarely how it works, as this cartoon from War and Peas playfully suggests:
What is cosmically important? Taking advantage of our incarnate form: that is, doing those things one can only do in a body, and with free will. That includes delighting in the world around us. Connecting in meaningful way with others. Being in and supporting the environment around us.
I wrote some about this subject after working with Kogi elders in Columbia, A Radically Different View of Purpose. Ditto A Kinder/Gentler Alternative to New Year's Resolutions. What I said there still stands.
And, if you're saying "yeah, yeah, but I want to live a life committed to purpose, and I'd like some insight on that--got any recommendations?"...I do! Lynne Twist just published an easy and amazing read, Living a Committed Life: Finding Freedom and Fulfillment in a Purpose in Something Larger than Yourself. And Stephen Cope's The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling is an old favorite that many clients have found useful, too. And, finally, another way to reconnect to your purpose in a quick and powerful way is through Core Intention work. I've already enjoyed working with many of you like that.
Hope you're off to a fun and engaging New Year. On my end, Gale West and I moved to California (Los Gatos in the Bay Area) in August, got married in October, and honeymooned in Patagonia. I am so grateful!
What's happened for you that you'd like to share? Feel free to touch base, and/or share insights.