Why living a purposeful life is like building lego

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At some point in our lives many of us will search for purpose and passion. We will realise the materialism that the modern world is built upon doesn’t deliver the promised happiness and that moments of purpose need to be built.

But it is not as easy as it sounds. Sure getting rid of possessions can be liberating and following your passions fulfilling, but the truth is, a purposeful, simple life isn’t a destination, its a process.

A process of trial and error, a curve of learning with peaks and troughs. It’s like building lego without instructions. You need to trust your instincts and imagination and just have a go. At first you might build a lovely little structure, but then find one small piece is missing or doesn’t fit properly compromising the whole structural integrity. It may collapse and you have to start again.Or you may build it and realise it’s not what you envisaged, and start again.  But each time, you learn. You begin to understand what works and what doesn’t. What is in your heart. And then your imagination takes over and you build something wonderful.

This analogy really resonates with me. It reminds me to have patience and listen to my soul. It prompts me to move forward and have confidence in the fact that failure is okay, necessary even. And it actually helps me to enjoy the moments more. The light-bulb moments, the moments of truth and the tiny moments that matter.

So when you hear someone say ‘follow your passion’  or ‘take that leap‘ keep in mind, what you are doing is listening to your instincts and beginning a journey of discovery.

Some people want to live a deliberate and passionate life but don’t know how to. No one person has the answer except you, and it won’t simply appear before your eyes like magic. You will discover it. It will change and grow as you do. And one day you will be proud of your unique creation, and continue to grow with purpose.

 

How’s your lego building skills?