I came across this beautifully-crafted blog post (H/T to Work Awesome) today about finding a satisfying career path. The point that struck me most was this:
“Let’s be clear — purpose is not permanent. Purpose is almost never one thing…Let it go when need be and be open to embracing a greater purpose that, almost certainly, is about to emerge.”
This jives so wonderfully with the Buddhist concept of impermanence. In Buddhist psychology, being attached to any fixed concept – in this case, ‘purpose’ – only narrows our mental scope and leads to suffering. The idea that purpose is a changing, evolving thing on the other hand is super liberating. It means that we aren’t wedded to our parents’ or colleagues’ ideals of what our purpose should be, nor to our own outmoded views. It allows for deep introspection and a continual process of asking – and re-asking – the questions: what’s my purpose? What are my values and passions? What brings me joy?
I will definitely keep this wisdom in my back pocket as I blaze ahead in my own career hunt.