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I mostly moved away from missions and tasks except where I need them. I prefer now to live life daily in line with my values and let everything else sort itself out. Sure I have some strategies for the future but I don’t have a big life mission.
Mission or task? Well, for a while now, it has felt more like a task. I would like it to be an adventure, more than a mission.
Today’s question prompted the following question: “What do you know for sure?”
A calling to love filled with tasks, missions, mishaps, challenges, growth, goodness, and acceptance.
I just come out of a seminar regarding the growth element of spring. I feel a bit overwhelmed and emotional so I can’t really answer that question. I feel a bit lost. I can’t seem to rise to the occasion today. Maybe tomorrow I will feel differently.
Lay your field fallow, nourish and rest, wait for the planting, then harvest dear soul 😘 Nature, seasons, take pause.
Thank you Dusty. I am grateful for your thoughts of encouragement and hope.
I too have times I can’t or don’t want to answer these questions. Bless XOXO
I feel like my life is a mission that I have come to accomplish. What it is that I am here to accomplish, I am not sure yet, but I think we are probably all here for an important reason. I feel like part of my mission is to become a minister.
I think my life is a happening, an unfolding, a blooming.
My life is neither – I look at life as a journey – a journey from which to grow and evolve, a journey where I can touch others and give back, a journey from which to draw close to the Ultimate Reality that gifted us this life, a journey to experience love, joy happiness, sorrow, pain: the fullness of life.
My wish is to live a full life that leads me to my authentic/true self and to That which Is into eternity.
Like everyone says, a bit of both. I believe I was given this life to do good and be the best person God made me to be. That is my mission, On the way are tasks that I can do to fulfil this. Some I do unconsciously, after a lifetime of practice, some I think hard about and plan in advance. Sometimes I get complacent, sometimes busy, sometimes overwhelmed, but in general I try to continue thoughtfully on my mission -and this website often helps me reset my mindset and get back on track.
I think it is a bit of both and all. When my body screams for attention, life is a task. When I read these beautiful reflections and take time to enjoy what is presented to me, it is filled with pleasure and excitement. Life evolves and births new opportunities that I want to take advantage of and give thanks. When I contribute and love, it is a mission.
Mission and opportunities for having fun in areas outside my ‘mission.’
And for connecting with people – family, friends and others.
A meaning-making, playful journey of humble tasks and sometimes aspirational missions.
I think of my life as both a task and a mission. Tasks are pieces, the little things and mission, I would think, is the whole. My mission should be to love my family, be kind, learn, have new experiences and practice gratefulness until my time is up. I completed one task yesterday by getting the Covid vaccine. I got the Johnson and Johnson one … so far so good:)
Good to know about that vaccine… I’m getting the same this Wednesday. I am already working on keeping my head straight and keeping others’ side effects/reactions out of my body!
These days I see my life as an expression of the one consciousness. My perspective is completely unique because no one else is living this life in this body at this moment. Every day is a small step forward on the learning curve. I find that awesome and somewhat comforting on days when I am feeling very poorly.
I see my life as a journey. As I progress through life I’ve grown, learned, won, and failed but I’m always moving forward.
My life is a combination of task and mission … I’m a “good doobie” – always picking up extra things to do for our family, home, friends, community, church…. so there is a lot of “task” involved. But doing tasks well is one of my gifts, so it also helps me in fulfilling my part of God’s mission. I learned some time ago that the source of all mission is God, so it’s never *exactly* my mission, but my part in God’s mission and purpose. It helps me keep perspective.
My life is a series of spiritual experiences, some more challenging than others. It is a daily walk of trusting Infinite God & not my finite self, striving to be an instrument of peace in a conflict torn world.
My life has gradually developed into being mission guided, and the tasks I set each day largely follow my unwritten mission. My desire is to make my impact on the earth a positive one, for my family, students, community, and our larger world. In my inner circle this means kindness, leadership, labour, sharing, helpfulness, sometimes even challenging others (mostly my kids) to grow and step into thinking about their own impact on this earth. In the larger circle, it is things like voting and being involved, and lowering my carbon impact.
My husband (I’m smiling) is a bit of a throw-back to a by-gone era. He’s the first to admit it. Yesterday we were talking. I told him I’d been reading about several dozen very large companies pledging to be carbon-neutral by 2040, ahead of the Paris Agreement. I had showed him that the Amazon delivery truck in our neighborhood is now electric (even though we rarely lead technology in our part of our country). He found it interesting and said we had better get more EV stations. And I said to him, you do know I’ve been working towards our own household becoming carbon-neutral, right? …And he said, “ye-aah” kind of uncertain. I think he started realizing there is a theme to the “weird” things I do. And I said, yes, we had the grant to give us a new HE furnace and insulation, there is the HE washer I asked for a couple of years ago, and we’re hanging clothes, I’m keeping a vegetable garden for a lot of our food, I’ve cut back on clothes and other shopping… (he thought this was to save money, but he’s agreeing now, says he’s noticed I’ve cut back on packaging, that our trash is little now and we only have enough to put out every couple of weeks)… I’ve told everyone I’m on my last carbon car and I’ve been saving up for electric… I’ve got plans with our next roof we will get solar. I think he sort of thought many of the things I do or strange products I buy were just fanciful, unrelated actions on my part. You know… “tree hugging, female silliness.”
The advantage of having focus, which being mission oriented does, is that things gradually fall into place. There’s no pressure. It makes things easy. It’s mostly little steps. The big steps, like the furnace, happen when you need to do something about an old furnace anyway. Little things like putting a compact reusable bag into my purse for shopping. Not buying cookies at Walmart in a clamshell box, but instead baking cookies at home with a 25 lb. bag of flour. Yesterday when my husband helped me unload the car from shopping, he found an apple tree. He sighed. It’s just that if you have a focus, each little step adds up so quickly. It’s not that I’ve done anything impressive other than keeping the “mission” in mind each day and letting it guide my everyday choices.
The point I’m trying to make is that anyone can do this, with whatever mission matters to you. I believe that many of you ARE doing this, even though some of you don’t realize it. You are here. You show up every day or nearly every day, and make gratitude and compassion your mission because it matters to you enough to show up every day to support it. Many of us here are growing or healing every single day, just by keeping it in the front of our minds. And that, to me, is being mission-oriented.
Each little step, adds up. Like I have pointed out to my kids, you wouldn’t expect to exercise once and be fit for a lifetime. Instead it takes doing a little, but doing it nearly every day.
When done well (and it sounds like you are my friend!) the threads become the warp and weft…a pattern following the theme, with a rhythm, and life becomes whole, integrated and self-structured. It can withstand a lot. And like in weaving, one simply has to start, pay attention to some extent, especially at the beginning, and then it almost takes on a life of its own. Monastic life is this writ large, and a day in the life of a healthy monastic community is like a large dance, choreographed by intention and mission, each component enhancing and reinforcing the others. It’s beautiful to behold. Your share so eloquently spoke to this! And oh how I wish my Publix sold apple trees!!!
I love the weaving analogy! And your insight of the choreography of a healthy community. I sometimes think of “us” (our community or society) as being like a school of fish. It seems so magical when a school of fish adjusts its direction as one. They are in such harmony, and I wonder, does one or the other decide at any given time? Do several decide in the same instant? Is it a kind of collective awareness, fluid in time?
I wish Publix had apple trees, too, but in a way, they do! I have started wee apple trees from ordinary apple seeds or cores! I literally just push part of the core into a pot of soil and water it sometimes. The only real drawback to starting a tree this way is they haven’t been grafted, so eventually they will be quite tall! I’ve also done it with lemons and mandarin oranges. I have a 3 year old lemon tree now. It doesn’t bear fruit yet, but it does need to be moved into a REALLY BIG POT! I have a neighbor who gets limes off of his potted tree, and a friend who has orange trees indoors, so I’m hopeful I might have something in a year or two. Meanwhile, its a pretty house plant!
What fun, Holly in Ohio – I admire your little trash. At least I have few paper trash bags. I collected my neighbor’s great volumes of mail for 4 months while she was recovering from covid at her son’s house, and my only problem was that I didn’t have big grocery bags to collect it in. Finally I started using new plastic Costco waste-basket bags and, even later, asking her son for some used grocery bags. She came back home yesterday.
I’m glad she has recovered, Mica. I love your share of collecting your neighbor’s junk mail. I find it encouraging that so many people are doing things!
My life is a daily mission. I try to start each day with an open heart and positive outlook., be grateful for my experiences that I have during the day and go to bed having completing my day of gratefulness, love and compassion..
I think my soul had chosen this rollercoaster life. That this life is a kind of school for the soul to evolve. And I think if I keep my ego small, (how difficult for me) my soul can express itself better.
My life is gift, invitation and responsibility, within which there have been a few calls/invitations to mission. There are, of course, those everyday tasks, as well …!
LIFE is entirely a Pleasure. It is BE-ing the Life-light in all its forms, as expressed into-day’s ‘Word of the Day’
“Each day is an invitation to see the world in a new way, to watch it bloom before our eyes like a flower in time-lapse photography, to feel the curvature of the earth in our bodies, and to become aware that we live on the edge of a spinning ball where anything can happen.
MARV AND NANCY HILES
My life is a series of episodes of being put in just the right place to be the right person for a need. One of my Native American spirit animals is a dolphin- the one who comes along side and does not leave until all is better, all is well. My life’s mission has been about friendship- to others and to myself. I am the companion.
Most of the time I think of myself as a tool. And my life is the series of circumstances in which I have been used by Spirit to do the work without necessarily knowing the bigger picture. So in a sense I am also a servant. In the deepest sense it feels like I am following a series of calls, so a vocation, which is in fact a way of saying a mission. Certainly not a task. The trick is staying on that beam. And there is some hidden value (hidden to me at least) to whatever residue is left on the edges of life by it passing through my wheelhouse.
I will say that my life is a work in progress, never done, with an eye and an ear seeking how the Spirit may move me towards action.
I like to think of it more as a journey, although I do have a mission… to be happy and to share love and light with everyone I encounter 🙂
Today is National Cheese Fondue Day:)
Yes, it was! I did not, however, eat any fondue, but I did have a delicious grilled cheese with Sweet Grass Dairy pimento cheese, queso melt, ham, tomato and arugula. Yum yum! Melty cheese is sooooo good!
Hi Sunnypatty, your love and light flew over the ocean, and landed here safely. 😊
Yay! That makes me happy! Hope you enjoyed it 🙂
My life is simply dynamic manifestation of what I attract and consequently my perceptions thereof.
. . . Ain’t nuthin’ but a funny, funny riddle. . .
Thank God I’m a country boy!~John Denver
LOL – just went to a John Denver tribute last night and we all sang along with that song!
In defining something as subjective as the experience of living as this or that it becomes stagnant and rigid; it crumbles. Life is what we give our attention to, but to try and define it is like taking a picture of a beautiful sunset, the seascape; once the border of a photograph is defined, it becomes a thing limited and collapses therein to two dimensional space. Like a copy of a copy of a copy the direct, a priory experience is lost by degrees. It’s just leftovers.
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