I am sitting here two hours into my first ever severe allergic reaction to yellow jacket stings. Hives all over, facial swelling, chest tightening, itching and intense heat. All that from just a few stings on the hand!
Realizing that anxiety never helps in such situations, I am focusing my thoughts on the matter of purpose, for I can think of nothing more captivating a topic in this time of need.
The discovery of purpose develops much like an allergic reaction. Most people initially perceive their purpose as an irritant. It agitates, causing all kinds of reactions. It pushes against that which is contrary to its nature and trajectory. It makes aimless living uncomfortable.
As with anxiety in the midst of an allergic episode, reacting to the discomfort only compounds the problem. The challenge with most discomfort is that its source is typically hidden from sight. Realizing this, you can see why it is important not to give ghost feelings a body. Let them reveal themselves.
If it is purpose, you’ll be thankful that you didn’t attribute its attendant discomfort to something or someone else. Mistaken identity defeats more people from realizing their purpose than just about anything else.
Eschewing both prejudice and judgment will, over time, make it easier to recognize which compulsions are true and which are irrelevant. You’ll stop hitching your wagon to falling stars and begin living your life as you should.
The pattern will likely continue to intensify until you’ve relaxed fully into your true purpose. Think of Job’s experience. He started with a deep sense of purpose but refined it as he went along, no matter how uncomfortable he felt along the way.
When you finally come around to getting your thoughts, words and deeds aligned with your purpose, the intense pressure, heat and discomfort will
give way to a peaceful, assured state of being.