Thursday, February 12, 2015

Let your 'music' out into the world

I often hear friends and acquaintances say they are unclear about what direction their life should take, whether that's about a career choice or activities to fill their retirement days. So many options. So tough to choose what's just right for you.

That is a challenge. I've heard it said that most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us. So the challenge becomes to figure out what our music is. What are the gifts and talents that make you unique? What are you uniquely qualified to bring into the world?

The answer to those questions doesn't always equate to what you've become proficient at doing. You take up many activities and tasks throughout your lifetime that simply need to be done, and you can become quite talented at doing them. That doesn't necessarily mean that's your gift.

Pay more attention to what makes your heart sing. Sometimes it's helpful to think back to your childhood and remember what activities called to you then. Did you absolutely love music? Did you get lost in books? Were you a nurturer when you played with dolls and/or with friends? Did you take pleasure in colors, textures and design? What were you doing at those times when you became totally absorbed and lost track of time? These things can offer clues.

So can the things on your bucket list or dreams list (not the dreams you have while sleeping but the things about which you dream of doing "some day"). Journaling and talking this over with a trusted friend or a life coach can help, too. Please contact me if you would like to explore this further.

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