I am sitting at my dining room table with the lights off enjoying the beautiful snowstorm through my bay windows with a glass of wine. These quiet moments are rare and I soak them up when I get the chance. I am feeling a sense of calmness and peace that I have not felt in the past two months. I thought tonight I would stray from the animal subjects and talk about following your purpose and listening to your instincts. It’s been a lesson that has been reinforced for me lately and I wanted to share it with you.
Today I made a major decision regarding my career path. I struggled for a few weeks with a high level of anxiety and stress while trying to make this decision. If you knew me, you would know that being stressed or anxious is very unlike me. I’m usually the calm person that others gravitate to for comfort. The annoying one that tells everyone else they need more yoga and meditation in their life :). It is why emergency medicine and I got along so well.
I realize now that the main reason I suffered so much stress was because I was fighting against my “gut” instinct. Instinct is something that each of us possess but not all of us pay attention to. I have found that my most difficult decisions have been made more difficult because I fought my instinct. I feel a sense of calmness and relief knowing that I am back on my path. Each decision I make must be made with my end goal in mind. Always asking, “How will this step get me closer to reaching my ultimate goal and purpose?” If it won’t get me closer then it is the wrong step. Sometimes the promise of more money or prestige may get in the way of that vision. It almost did for me.
I have been blessed to have known my purpose since as far back as I can remember. I have always known that I am here to care for the animals. I am so grateful for that. I truly believe that we must find our passion and master it. If we do then success and financial stability will follow. Each of us is blessed with unique gifts. Just being alive in itself means we have purpose. Many of us today make decisions based upon finances. At the end of your life do you want to be able to say “I built my dream house” or do you want to say, “I made a difference”? To be honest I believe both are possible. I believe that it’s the order in which you place them that is the key.
What is your purpose? What are your unique gifts? Are you following your passion?
I would love to hear your answers on Joey’s Journey. Thank-you for allowing me to share this with you. I promise my next blog will be back to my passion of using my knowledge to help animal lovers care for their pets.