A series I really enjoyed watching season upon season was ‘LOST’.
The first episode opens with a plan crash on a remote island followed by a strange twist of events and emerging characters.
One of the discoveries made is that the ‘remote island’ is not as remote as was perceived.
The survivors soon learn that others have been there before and discover amongst other things ‘The Dharma Project’.
End of spoiler alert!
The word Dharma means purpose and is frequently referred to in an Indian text called the ‘Bhagavad Gita.’
“It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma”.
Pick up any autobiography and follow the bread crumbs. What you soon come to appreciate is that each in the end followed their own purpose, not somebody else’s.
When they were forced to ‘follow’ or tried to ‘follow’ someone else’s plan it really was not sustainable.
Even if it took longer, following their own purpose was ultimately the narrative and journey taken.
Defining, discover and developing your purpose is an iterative process with different time frames and elements involved.
It is not a one size fits all nor something that at a click of a switch you just get.
There may be turns and twists and loops and bends as you continue to figure it out and learn, yet if you are discovering this for yourself then it is not time lost, it’s time gained.
One day when you write your own autobiography the wisdom from having forged your own purpose is going to be far more powerful then if it was forged for you by someone else.
What would a future more purposeful you say to you now?
Don’t follow, forge on.