“On one level, as humans, we all have the same purpose: to develop and realize the infinite potential of consciousness. Yet we are all also particular manifestations of the creative life force and as such have unique contributions to make. Our task is to discern our uniqueness, use it as a source of creativity and then manifest it in the form of something new and innovative.” – from The Way of Nowhere
To discern our uniqueness. What a beautiful way to describe the quest to discover our purpose.
To discern is to walk through life with my senses open and receptive. It reminds me to observe myself while I chase my goals and aspiration looking for signs that reveal my uniqueness.
It also reminds me that purpose is not a statement. Something I find out and hang on the wall. It is a never-ending quest within and without.
It’s something I grow into, and something that grows within me at the same time.
Sometimes this process generates tensions. Between the urge for clarity and direction and the desire to explore the connection with something more profound.
I am in one of those moments of tension. And it’s from within this tension that I found this inspiring advice.
“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms, or books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke