The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why – Mark Twain.
That’s what Twain’s quote says to me: it’s a privilege to have an incarnation so do something with it. And that something starts with knowing your purpose.
I sometimes think of it like this: at the end of my life, I have to return this body with interest. The interest is what I’ve done to stretch myself, to enrich others, and to enrich the world along the way.
I think what gets in the way most is the feeling that we are not enough, we don’t have enough to give; we don’t feel our privileges as much as we feel our lack. And this is the reason people give for not stepping into their leadership, eldership or power: “I’m not there yet. I’m not old enough, big enough, or smart enough.”
I fall prey to that too. I think, I’m not there yet. I don’t know enough. How can I possibly do something I’ve never done before?
So, I ask myself:
- What do I want to do with my time here on earth?
- What will I regret not having done?
- What talent or skill am I under-valuing?
So if you’re waiting for the day when you’ll a) know more, b) be ready, c) be better, why not consider that either that day has already come, or even better, the day will never come.
We’re never ready for the next step that life puts in front of us. And I think it’s because we’re meant to learn. It’s what humans are meant to do, and do best. We don’t contribute our gifts because we’re experts, we contribute our gift because we’re learners.