Ever feel like there’s something more for you to do? Like there’s something you’re meant to do? Like there’s something you have to do because to not do it is to not truly live?
At some point every single one of us feels some kind of itching, urging, beckoning from somewhere within the recesses of our minds and our souls calling us to move forward, to change, to awaken, to evolve; to live the life we are meant to and deserve to live! And despite this call many of us choose to remain comfortable and content living lives of quiet desperation.
You may even have heard the quote, “most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” This quote is often attributed to Henry David Thoreau however many scholars say that this in fact is a misquote and that what he actually said was, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the gains and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after the work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” The second half of the misquote which as I said is considered to be misattributed to Thoreau may also be a misquotation of something that Oliver Wendell Holmes said in “The Voices”: “Alas for those that never saying, But die with all their music in them.”
On any given Monday hundreds of thousands, millions of men and women go to places of employment that they hate. They have neither the passion, the will, the desire to do what they are doing and yet each day, day in and day out week after week month after month year after year they remain bound and enslaved to this place called WORK.
There are many experts who have written about and spoken about the ability for any and every one of us to live the life that we desire. To have jobs that are less about work and more about passion, giving each of us a reason, no the purpose to wake up excited each day, ready to go and live out loud doing what we love to do serving mankind; whatever that may be. For some living out loud may be running their own bakery, being a chef, being an artist, a teacher, a tattoo artist, an architect, a videogame designer, a dancer, a farmer, and yes for some even a garbage man can give someone a sense of purpose and passion knowing that their lives matter.
Have you heard the call, felt the itch, that gentle tap on the shoulder or whisper in your inner ear that tells you, “It’s Time.”?
Time for what you ask?
It’s time to live the life that you are meant to live, that you deserve to live, that you are here to live.
The new question then becomes, are we willing to do what is necessary to live that life?
Are we willing to give up the status quo to live your dreams? Are we willing to go against the grain, to go with the flow when so much in life is going against it, to travel that road less traveled and be a freethinker not another one of the mindless storm troopers, the sheeple who blindly follow the rigmarole of the day in day out dog eat dog rat race?
Take some time today to go within, to be still, to listen to what your divine discontent is telling you and then make up your mind, consciously choose to listen or choose to ignore; because believe it or not you have that choice.
Answer the Call! XO