Figuring out your instrument is important towards discovering your purpose and direction in life
The movers and shakers, the influential few, who choose to be the change in the world they wish to see, always choose their instruments first. Whether they choose to change the world with their pens, stethoscopes, paintbrushes, or wealth, there is always an instrument behind a person that changes the fabric of society for the better.
Some choose to dedicate their lives to the sciences, while some dedicate their lives to social service. What is common is that the people who possess the power to change, first, choose their instruments.
Artists create magnificent works of art, writers express ideas that change public opinion, and scientists invent and discover marvels. These people have chosen their instruments of change and now are set on their paths to realize that change.
We all possess the power to change the world. Why aren’t we all changing the world then? This is because we haven’t chosen an instrument. We aren’t in touch with our passions. We choose security and survival over fulfilment and excitement. We box ourselves in comfortable environments and never take that extra step to discover our true potential.
The promise of a sufficiently paying modest nine to five job is so alluring that we forget why we’re doing what we’re doing in the first place. We have grown complacent and don’t question our routines and goals anymore.
Change comes only when we can step out of our comfort zones and see what is outside the box. Looking at the world through a keyhole and expecting to see much doesn’t bode well. Like Walt Witman said “Unscrew the locks from the doors! Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!”
We must look for excitement and fulfilment in what we do every day. The point of spending your existence making money for your company isn’t why the Universe created you. You are here for bigger and better things. To quote a Buddhist saying “Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived”.
Look for the one thing that excites you and fills you with inspiration; the one thing that makes you happy to be alive. When you find that one thing that you know resonates with your highest passions, the world opens up to you. All of us can eventually find our instruments of change and actually start changing the world. Following your passion albeit at the expense of some material comforts is still worth it. Material comforts are no match for fulfilment derived from doing what you love.
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