A self–fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior.
That’s the amazing and also scary thing about self-improvement, which is really another term for truth-seeking; when you have the courage to face the truth about who you truly are, your life will change in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways.
When I look back at some of the things I wrote down years ago, the power and truth of it takes my breath away. I was intuitively prophesying my own future. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been immeasurably meaningful.
The treasure I seek is self-realization, but the great fear I have is letting go of the belief that I have to do something, that I have to prove my worth, or be somebody. It’s a paradox. The more I try to be who I am, the more I can’t be who I am.
What if we accepted that everything is unfolding perfectly? That it has always unfolded perfectly, and will always unfold perfectly. There’s a part of me that’s terrified to accept that–recoils at the thought–and yet it’s a deep understanding and key to the universe.
Where does meaningfulness come from? I don’t know, but I know it’s something we can feel. Our own unique path will always feel meaningful to us.
Today, I’m focusing on my job, career, and vocation. I currently have a job that I’m using for income and to build the foundations of my preferred lifestyle. Career-wise, I’m an artist, writer, and musician.
Having a Calling
A vocation is a calling in life. I feel called to improve myself, and to share my experiences (in other words, self-expression) with others. I’m delighted when I’m able to help others improve themselves. Improvement is more important to me than giving someone a handout, but that’s OK sometimes (I’ve needed it, too).
I don’t like feeling trapped in general, and that applies to my job. When I start to not enjoy myself, I feel anxious. I remind myself of my goals and how my job is helping me to reach them, and I also focus on the self-improvement opportunities within the job, and that makes me feel like it has meaning.
This is the year of re-invention, so I’m re-clarifying and re-organizing all aspects of my life. I’m approaching it like a beginner. When we empty ourselves of worn out assumptions and preconceived notions, we begin to re-invigorate ourselves.
I’m lying on a cot in the shop’s garage enjoying the relative peace and quiet. Personal space is quite the commodity around here. Dad’s dozed off, and my tepid dabbling with social media has left me feeling somewhat empty.
Life goes on at the shop. I talked about moving on, but like I said, I’m not totally sure what that means, and I believe that moving on (aka change) happens on the inside, anyway. What’s important is that I’m finding fulfillment and meaning in my life.
Simplicity catches my interest. That, and the daily journey. There’s a lot to appreciate, after all.
I’m relaxing after a good day’s work. I work on cars every day. It’s meaningful work, and so is writing.
I remember something I heard from a Tony Robbins audiobook years ago; something like, not only do we have our goals, but we also have our destiny. I feel like I’ve moved on from just having goals, to fulfilling my destiny. That’s why my life feels meaningful and fulfilled.
The person that I was in the past is still a part of me, but I realize that I’m much more than I thought. Life feels both momentary and infinite. My days aren’t any more or less important than anyone else’s, but there’s an immediacy to my experience that I really like.
Sometimes, I’m realizing, the important thing isn’t what I write about, but rather it’s that I’m writing, I’ve been writing, and I’ll continue to write. One of the kitties is lying on my arm as I write this. We don’t pick our calling; it picks us.
Life is made up of meaningful work. That’s where I find strength. I also find strength in my True Self.
There’s a part of me that seems incredibly agitated, frustrated, and irritated about many things. To have contentment in my life, I’ve needed to understand the true nature of who I am. I believe that’s the whole point of it all.
The work I do at the shop is eclectic, and I’d be hard put to write an apt job description. It’s a bit like fishing in that we’re never really sure if any fish will bite. And there’s also unexpected heartfelt conversations with my dad that turn out to be both inspiring and therapeutic.
When I watch the news and see violent events happening around the world, I realize how important it is to live meaningfully every day. For me, it makes self-improvement even more meaningful, and choosing to be happy even more purposeful. I like being the best I can be, as best as I can.