Who am I? Why am I here? What is life about? What do I desire to know deeply? When do I feel the most alive?
In the keynote presentation I present for educators, there is a character who begins to ask herself these questions more regularly, when she is given the opportunity to go on a leadership retreat. She is like a lot of us. She is busy and has multiple projects, committees, obligations and surprises coming up in her life all the time. She has forgotten how to live authentically. In fact, she has not lived authentically in so long that she does not even realize she needs to be trying to live more authentically. She has been on automatic.
If we stay on automatic too long, days, months, and eventually years go by. All of a sudden we realize that time has majorly elapsed and we start asking ourselves if we have focused on what matters.
There is no greater gift to give yourself than the gift of time to contemplate and seek out ways to live out what you are here on this earth to do. It is better to be in the confusion of the question of not knowing your purpose, than avoiding the subject altogether by staying busy and distracted.
Get quiet and look inside. See what might be waiting patiently for you to discover.