Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Are You Doing What you Love?

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“How can I be useful, of what service can I be?
There is something inside me, what can it be?”
~Vincent van Gogh

Why am I here on this planet? What is my gift to the world?

Woah! If you’ve never performed this type of self-reflection, these are pretty loaded questions.

This week I spent a few hours at a hospital with sick kids working with art projects, allowing them to express themselves with art. For a couple of hours, these kids forget about their sickness and enjoy the moment, despite their pain and limitations. Even though I was very “busy” with other work, I knew I had to go. I reassessed why I do what I do, and reaffirmed that my mission statement is to inspire and empower others through passionate and creative work. Certainly arts therapy fits in line with this mission.

You are blessed with a You-nique purpose, or what I call your Masterpiece Purpose. This is your overall life goal or vocation, what you are meant to do on this planet. It may also be called your “mission” or “calling” in life, your “contribution” or “gift” to others, or your “legacy” once you are gone. Viktor Frankl, the author of Man’s Search for Meaning, discusses a specific vocation or mission in your life for you to fulfill and implement; therefore, your life is unique and cannot be replaced or repeated.

Here are just a few examples that my clients have given as their Purpose:

To create art for others to appreciate
To entertain and make others happy
To inspire and motivate others
To educate and train others
To be philanthropic and give back to the community
You may already know your Purpose and are working toward it, especially if you’ve been established in your craft or industry for some time. But it you haven’t yet discovered your calling, self-reflection may help you realize and determine if there is a larger purpose or legacy that you may not have considered before.

One excellent approach from Steven Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, is to begin with the end in mind by envisioning your own funeral and what you would like to accomplish before you pass away. It was due to this introspection a few years ago, combined with “divine inspiration,” that I found my life’s legacy involving philanthropy. This discovery was the impetus for starting Artista Foundation arts charity for which I donate a percentage of all my profits. This inner search also inspired me to reassess all my goals in life.

Remember that we are all connected on this planet and as such have a greater contribution beyond our own selves. Start with what you love and are passionate about, and it’s sure to guide you to a greater, You-nique Purpose or legacy. That’s what makes life worth living!
“Art to me is a humanitarian act and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the world a better place.”
~Jeff Koons

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