It takes a great deal of courage and faith to open our eyes and AWAKEN to the possibilities and a greater purpose to our life. Within this awakening is the call to discover the gifts we have been blessed with and embracing the uniqueness that is us. It is a state of discovery that goes beyond finding ourselves and into the chasm-like questions of what are my gifts and what is my purpose? Sir Ken Robinson calls this alignment of using your gifts and purpose as finding your element.
More than the discovery of our element, it takes an even greater degree of courage and faith to RISE with raw emotion and purpose, and declare that you will live in your element. It is the equivalent of walking out to the edge of the cliff, exposed to the world, and with great faith, anxiety, and vigor – you jump. You jump with the aim to fly. This act of jumping is the ultimate step in demonstrating that we have purpose in this world. That we aren’t just cogs in the machine, but beings that are far more powerful than we can imagine who are filled with the ability to impact all those around us with the power of our element.
Many people have jumped before and many will jump after. For some the jump is filled with the admiration of many, but self-doubt and competition looms such as if someone was going to become a doctor. For others, the world doubts them. Their path is discredited and discouraged such as artists, musicians, or those who leave the comfort of a regular paying job with benefits to pursue their element.
In all these cases, we must remember that security of the system seems nice, but it isn’t fool proof. We need to realize that benefit packages change, the economy ebbs and flows, and none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. But don’t take this as a depressive reality, take it as a permissive moment to explore who you are and take a leap with purpose.
I see many people who are jumping only to find struggle, resistance, joy, fulfillment, and peace in their souls. Yes, you have the bad and the good. Each person who experiences this has said the same three things. One, it was exceptionally difficult with many moments of doubt in success (but not in purpose). Two, they would never go back. Three, they wouldn’t have it any other way. As they RISE, they serve as inspiration to us all.
Dedicated to my friends and recent jumpers: Mike and Bethany DeMassimo.
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