It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
So begins “The Invitation,” a poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer: Though we might not use phrases like our “heart’s longing,” we all endure stages of feeling unsatisfied by our lives. Even if we’re fortunate enough to have all of our basic needs met, with a collection of accomplishments, we may harbor a sense that life isn’t as meaningful or fulfilling as it might be. Such feelings famously arise as the midlife crisis, but can happen in any phase of life. We are especially prone to being confused about how to feel contented during periods of transition – after graduation, just beginning retirement, following a relationship loss, or facing the empty nest. Our personal life purpose, if we’re aware of it, is a deep internal well that we can tap into to find and nourish the meaning in our lives.