Morrie said the reason people were unhappy was because
they walked through their lives like they were sleepwalking.
~ MITCH ALBOM
In my research on the symptoms of menopause, I heard from women who complained of a lack of drive or motivation. I could relate. At the time, I thought this was a new symptom related to menopause. Now, looking back with more perspective, I realize it was something I had struggled with for many years.
Menopause heightened my sense of longing for purpose.
Don’t get me wrong, I live a beautiful life. However, in the past, there was always this angst, this unrest, this questioning, this . . . searching. Menopause brought it up for examination. I began to reflect on my past with a strong desire to heal areas of stress and trauma and confusion. I also began to look to my future and ponder who I wanted to be.
Who knew that all along what I was searching for was me, Lori. I was searching and waiting for myself to wake up, show up, take responsibility, and be the hero in my own life. And in becoming the hero, I found purpose. I found clarity. Knowing I could help others through their recovery has given me the drive to push myself to do more.
When your life has purpose, you have unlimited energy and joy. Psychologist Shawn Achor, one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, defines happiness as the “joy you feel moving toward your potential.”
Think of your purpose as a present, as in a gift. Ask yourself, “Am I withholding myself or my gifts from the world? Am I living small? Or am I sharing myself, my gifts, my talents, and my message with those around me? Am I shining my light so brightly that I give others permission to shine theirs?”
Each one of us was born with gifts to share with the world, even if we don’t always know what they are. We can discover them at any time.
I’d love to help you discover your Passion and Purpose. Check out my #TAPASFORLIFE #masterclass bite-size online course, Balanced Wellness During Menopause. There is an entire section dedicated to discovering your passion and purpose. Get started today, so you can stop sleepwalking through your life.