December 4, 2013 by alunparry
What Is Your Struggle?
I’m a bit stuck at the moment. I feel rootless, professionally speaking.
I know that I am here to make some contribution to the world. And I can’t quite figure out what it is.
I know that when I finally find it, it will be something that feels great for me and makes an impact to others.
At the moment, I’m still searching.
I’ve been freelance for the past few years. Not unusual for a musician, but I do other things too.
I’m a trainer, a mentor, a coach. I’ve made some films, some podcasts, and built a few websites.
I know my strengths are in the areas of performance, creativity, communication, ideas, and people.
For me, work and passion go hand-in-hand.
But I’ve reached the point where I feel I’m at a crossroads. I lack focus.
Part of my blurring is that I have too many skills and interests. It makes it difficult to specialise. And people prefer to hire specialists.
But part of my blurring is that I don’t fully know what I’m for. I don’t know what my purpose, my mission is.
And if I don’t know that, I can’t figure out who most needs it either. That inevitably limits the power of my contribution to the world.
So for the past month I’ve been annoying myself with that very question. Why am I here? What is the contribution I can most powerfully make?
In the past week or so, you’ve taught me something valuable which I’m sure will help me finally reach some answers.
By your responses to some of my recent, personal blog posts, you have given me a very clear understanding of something.
“What is your purpose?” and “What is your struggle?” is the exact same question.
I’ve had this blog for a while. I post all kinds of things up. I’m gigging here. Here is a song I’ve written. Here’s what I think of some political thing.
And people read it and respond, either here or on Facebook.
But the blog has never felt purposeful. Even when I was sharing newly created songs.
Not until my last couple of posts.
The last couple of posts feel purposeful. I didn’t intend it that way – I just shared my struggle.
And because we are all human, and because none of us are so out of the ordinary, I found that my struggle was shared by many of you.
So that is my learning from you about mission and about purpose. That the biggest contribution we can make is in the area where we struggle.
Your struggle is my struggle is someone else’s struggle. With every struggle, there is a community of fellow strugglers, and our contribution is at its most powerful and impacting when making it possible to work through that struggle together.