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I’ve read 17 hands in the last 4 days and explained 17 Life Purposes.  And, in almost all cases, the reaction is some amount of discomfort and what seems like fear.  I get that, I had the same reaction the first – and second – time I heard mine. (My fingerprints are kind of hard to discern).

Hearing your purpose is a bit of a kick in the pants because it really calls you to answer Mary Oliver’s question and to ask yourself some hard questions.  Are you doing what you want to?  What you know deep down is why you are here?  The thing that brings you true joy and fulfillment?  So many of us don’t even know what that is.  Partly because there is no time – or we leave no time/don’t make time – for contemplation.  Mary had it figured out though – “I do know how to pay attention…, to be idle and blessed”.

Good advice.

The Summer Day

Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?



Making Time for Being Idle
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