I’ve been through some interesting challenges over the recent weeks. My work has been on a low since pre-Christmas with only a few little jobs here and there. I didn’t feel in demand or needed as much as I was before when things were really busy and I wished they were a bit quieter. And with those few jobs that did come through, I allowed myself to wander in thoughts wishing for greater, more significant and purposeful tasks. Stuff that makes a “real” impact. I ended up in a small crisis; feeling lost and unsure whether what I am doing is the right thing. And to be completely honest that’s not the first time this type of self-created crisis has cropped up – it has been a pattern for quite some time. But does that mean that what I am doing is not the right thing for me to do and I should change?
A few years back with a little less years on the clock, that’s exactly what I would have done. Change something. And then when the initial enthusiasm of this change has worn off, change again. I was assuming that if I want to be more content and happy with my life, I have to simply change my life situation, as often as required to find what “truly” makes me happy. After several trials, I am not convinced anymore sure that this assumption holds true. Don’t get me wrong, all these changes have led me to live the life I have always dreamt of – with some of the best surfbreaks in the world directly at my doorstep and self-employed work that allows me to create my day with much flexibility. Yet, this has not led to lasting contentment. Instead, I keep looking in the future and dreaming of life situations I’d rather have.
I recently heard a quote that may explain some of this dilemma: “Every human has an inherent desire to be great which puts us at unrest until we’ve realised our full potential for greatness.” That would explain the continuous striving, and drive to move on. However, I’m pretty sure we’re not meant to be discontent while striving for greatness, after all a discontent person is unlikely to attract great opportunities. Maybe we just need to accept where we are in life right now, and surrender to what we’re doing in the understanding that this is not the end station … and that as long we remain optimistic, the next opportunity to challenge us to be greater and do more significant tasks is just around the corner.
Try it out. Next time you’re feeling low, surrender to where you are right now and follow your tasks with focus and optimism. The next opportunity to be great may be just around the corner.