Finding our life’s work

I’ve been working since I was sixteen years old. I’d say it was still during my formative years, where I was learning so much about life, people, and the world. As I grew up, l continued to work, went to college, and ultimately found an amazing job post-graduation. Little did I know that my work was going to define me in ways I didn’t realize. As the years passed, I had more work experiences where I learned, did well, and continued to move in a forward trajectory with my career.

My work became a huge part of my identity.

I also learned that I developed a lot of grit, a lot of resilience and was able to persevere no matter what came my way. The almighty dollar was my carrot. But I knew this wasn’t how I wanted to define myself and I knew I wanted more and wanted to help humans, not just companies.

I just needed a sign.

Sometimes it takes a better part of our lifetime to discover our life’s work, even though we may have been doing it our entire lives without necessarily realizing it. Our life’s work isn’t always what we do to make money, although we often think it should be, and sometimes this way of thinking prevents us from seeing clearly what it is. It may be the work of having children, caring for them, and running a household. The way we know our life’s work is by how we feel when we are doing it.

When we’re doing our life’s work, we feel an uncanny sense of ease and alignment. This doesn’t mean that the work is always easy, and it doesn’t mean that it’s the only work we must do; it just means that there’s a conviction deep inside us that tells us we are in tune with our innermost self. When we are engaged in our life’s work, our bodies feel more alive, because our energy is devoted to a cause that, in turn, feeds us. We might be tired after engaging in our life’s work, but we are almost never depleted. We feel grounded in the world, knowing that we belong here and have something important to offer.

When we feel deeply unhappy, depressed, and constantly feeling ill or getting sick, it might be due to a sense of disconnection from our life’s work. It’s during these times where we should find the work we are meant to do as an essential act of healing. Most of us remember a time when we felt fully engaged in some act of work, service, or creativity, and it’s at that point when we rediscover the work we are meant to do. On the other hand, it may be time to explore what inspires us like volunteering, taking a class, or maybe learning something completely different.

My sign came to me over this past year working with a technology company where our purpose and mission are to unlock greater potential, purpose, and passion through democratizing coaching. We all have callings, and when we find them, we owe it to ourselves to nurture and protect them, because while they may or may not be our livelihood, they are the keys to our wellbeing.

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Meeta Dhillon

Meeta Dhillon

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Writer, Mom, Coach who wants to ignite passion, elevate and empower people to do what inspires them so that together we can make this world a better place.