How not to give up too soon

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“Knowing that you’re called is a more trustworthy gauge for future success than seeing immediate results.” – Eva Berger


Today’s topic: What to do when a calling you’re trying to live out doesn’t seem to have results.

It’s something I’ve had to deal with personally a few times and I know how discouraging it can get. What I experienced, in the end, was very positive, though, and this is why I want to share with you some of my thoughts on it. 

Just the other day I went for a coffee with a dear friend of mine. In our conversation, she shared with me how she was very passionate about practicing Shiatsu (a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan) but recently had gotten rather discouraged. 

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Getting Back On The Path To Purpose

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With this post I’d like to share a little bit about what has been going on in my life and what I’m learning, in the hopes that it will encourage you if you are facing something similar!

In “our tribe” of difference makers, life is a lot about doing things, implementing projects and working hard to make a difference in whatever way we feel called to. Yet, it is also closely connected to who we are as a person and our personal lives have quite an influence on how much we’re able to give and do!

So here’s my story…

These past two months have been turbulent ones for me. Things in my personal life have changed drastically, bringing with it great emotional distress. I’ve also relocated to another area recently.

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Pressing SNOOZE on your purpose?

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Some of the statements that I hear often in my world are about how bad of a state our world is heading towards. How good the old times were. How today’s world is on a speedway heading for destruction, with all the fast changes, global challenges, environmental problems.

What a paralyzing, frightful, disheartening realization. For sure, watching the news every day, browsing Facebook and Twitter updates from people, listening to what people say one might easily come to that conclusion. We hear about children being abused, abandoned and used for child labor. Women’s rights in different countries are non-existent. The rainforest gets smaller every day. Certain animal species are becoming extinct. Poor people are everywhere, and the gap is getting bigger between the rich and the poor. Millions and millions of refugees are flooding the Western countries. There are millions of people, young and old, that are illiterate and have no possibility to access education that would help them out of their misery. And not to mention the tragic stories of sickness or family tragedies in our neighborhoods. Yes, this all sounds pretty bad.

But… is this really the whole truth?

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How to recognize your calling

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Sometimes people ask me how one can recognize a calling. This little post is a short summary of what I usually share with them when asked this question.

Whereas there are some who experience the revelation of their callings as those magic “when-the-whole-world-stood-still” moments, most people never have a euphoric, highly-emotional, “thunder and lightning” experience when it comes to recognizing what they’re supposed to be doing. I like to call it the “silent” calling. It’s an inner knowing, a conviction, a still small voice that comes from deep inside. You listen within you and there’s this sense of knowing you just have to do a certain thing. Kind of like an invisible arrow pointing towards a certain direction.

Another characteristic of a calling is that, even though it might have been put by us on the backburner for some time due to life events or us being scared of accepting it, for example, it takes very little to blow the ember and make it come alive again. It doesn’t go away even if suppressed.

What about you? How do you experience calling and how do you know it when you’re called?