What can a dog teach you about living your purpose? A dog-gone lot!
The last week has been filled with unique and visionary meetings. The world does indeed look like a stage and we are planning new performances in this thing we call Life!
In one of our group settings, a CEO of a company spoke about his dad and how his dad never did really live out his purpose – his calling in life. It made this CEO a little sad to think his Dad’s dreams were never achieved.
I asked him what his Dad’s dreams were and he said, “Well, he went to college to become a teacher and a coach. Life didn’t allow him to do that. He had to make more money and do other things to treat his family to what he thought would be a better life for us.”
This CEO was contemplating shutting down his business – which has paid him well and given him a great life. But, he’s feeling a calling. He’s felt it for a few years now and he’s really analyzing, thinking it through and researching the best way to answer the Call of his purpose. He didn’t want to end up like his dad – leaving his purpose within him when he exits this world.
I applauded him for seriously taking a look at a new adventure in his life.
Sometimes we choose to do those new adventures like this CEO – with thought and research. Oftentimes we are forced into new adventures because of life changes, economic downturns and even losing the job you had.
I was recently visiting a friend and her daughter was visiting with her dog. Her dog is an Australian Shepherd. Her daughter lives in a condo in North Carolina so there isn’t much “shepherding” to do.
At my friend’s home, her two cats mesmerized the dog. He took it upon himself to “herd the cats.” (By the way have you ever tried to herd cats? Not easy!) These cats were not happy with the dog “herding” them and they tried every which way they could to bypass the dog to get to their places of retreat within the home. But, the sheep dog was on point. He had a purpose. He had a mission. And, he hadn’t been able to use his purpose for a long time. So herd cats – he did!
The cats were herded together on top of a table and the dog would not move. His body was tightly wound and if the cat moved an inch, so did the dog. It was fun to watch the dog living out his purpose. It was fun watching the cats trying to be freed of this menace.
It’s always great to see people (and dogs) living out their purpose. It makes the world a better place. It brings joy to the world. It creates balance. It makes us all more healthy individuals because stress is gone and our souls are fully awake.
I’ve made changes in my life to “be on purpose” and I know when I am and when I’m not. My body tells me if it’s the right thing to do or not. I feel it because part of my purpose has been to listen to the soul housed in my body. My soul speaks. I just have to listen to it.
Go out and find your purpose and live it. Listen to your soul speak. It’s probably been speaking for a while and you’ve just decided not to listen. You know what I mean. You’ve heard the call of the wild in your soul but…you have fears and you wonder if you will be able to make it. You don’t do what you are called to do because FEAR has told you — you might fail.
Let me tell you something right here — right now. When you listen to your soul speak to you about your divine purpose — nothing will stop you from success! Only you will. Only you listening to fear instead of your soul.
Listening to your soul speak will bring you to your life’s purpose and true joy you’ve never felt before!
I pray you’ll get out and do the world a favor and stop the stuff you aren’t suppose to do and do the stuff you are.
If we all were “herded” into our purpose, it would be a beautiful world. Don’t believe me – see how dog’s get to nap and play and live?
Be a dog today. Live your purpose! The world needs you, my friend!