After fifty or so years of existence I am clear that there is a profound difference between living in resonance with a calling. And the experience of living without a calling.
What project calls you? What possibility calls you? What challenge calls you? What endeavour calls you? What opportunity calls you? What is your calling?
Which person/s call you? Which place/s call you? Which craft calls you? Which sport calls you? which adventure calls you? Which vocation calls you? Which projects and/or possibilities call you?
How are you called to be? How are you called to ‘show up and travel’ in this world?
Are you attuned to that which calls you? Are you heeding the call? Are you living the call?
It occurs to me that if you/i are attuned to and living the call, then you/i will experience our living as meaningful – full of meaning, aliveness, fulfilment, even joy.
It occurs to me that if you/i find ourselves experiencing a hollowness, a flatness, an emptiness, in our living then you/i are either not listening – attentively, deeply enough – to that which calls us. Or we have heard the call, and have not heeded the call.
So, it occurs to me that the first step in playing BIG is listening to that which calls you; listen deeply / often enough and you/i will find that which truly calls us. The second step is to heed the call – act; our access to making a contribution / impact is through action, our access to causing that which we find ourselves called to cause is through action.
I find that my deepest calling is to: bring nobility to human existence; to bring genuine humanity to a world obsessed with elevating technology and diminishing wo/man; to remind folks that ‘it is ALL made up’ and that which is made up an be unmade-remade by you/me/us; to be of help to those who find themselves less fortunate than me; and to be here for those who count on me to be here for them (children, wife, parents, siblings…).
When I find myself living in resonance with this calling I live powerfully and I am rewarded with a life of meaning, of fulfilment, of aliveness, of joy. I also find that whilst I do not wish for death, I do find myself ready for it.
What about you: what is your deepest calling?