For those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, now is a time of reflection, of returning to that which we value most, and of reconciling our best intentions with our actions.
In the spirit of the holiday, I offer this post from the vault: Pondering Purpose in the New Year. Whether or not you are celebrating the birth of a new year this week, I invite you to take a moment to step back and reflect with this exercise.
How can you call upon your purpose to do your best work in the year to come?
Today I've been revisiting some of my favorite perspectives on the concept of purpose. I am particularly moved by these words by choreographer Martha Graham:
[quote] There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how it compares to other expressions. It is simply your business to keep the channel open.[/quote]
Reflecting upon these words, what resonates?
- What is the unique energy or action you will contribute to the world?
- How can you more fully express it in the year to come?
- How have you blocked its expression in the past?
- How will you remove these blocks this year?
- What's the possibility you create when you "keep the channel open"?
Happy New Year.
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