Episode 75 | (00:00):
Hey, friend, are you ready to hear how the joy of awe and wonder can help you find your midlife purpose? Well, good, because that's what today's episode is all about.
Sometimes we hit midlife, and our purpose gets a little blurry. This generally happens during significant life transitions like becoming an empty nester or retiring. So in midlife, things may not be as clear as they used to be.
Today's episode will give you new perspective that can help make a difference in finding your midlife purpose. This is the third episode in the Refresh Your Year series, so if you haven't listened to the previous episodes, episode 72 and 74, go back and listen to those.
They'll give you some ideas as we move into the new year. So join me today as we step into the lovely beautifulness of awe and wonder. Are you ready? I know, me too. I can't wait. Let's go!
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This episode is airing Christmas week, and it got me thinking about the awe and wonder of this particular season. As a woman of faith, I am a believer in Jesus Christ and I am in awe of this little baby that was born in a humble stable.
Then he grew up to offer a place in heaven for every single individual in the world. When I think about the enormity of that, the immenseness of that, I am seriously in awe of it.
I stand in awe of the fact that God did all this for us just to make sure we had the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. That is mind-blowing.
You know, being in awe of things in your life is refreshing. It helps you feel alive. There's a newness to it. It makes everything look new. It makes everything feel new. It gives you a new perspective.
When we were little, we were in awe of everything, weren't we? It was all so new and so different. We'd explore all the little nooks and crannies of this incredible world of ours. We had a curiosity that was insatiable when we were kids, and that's a wonderful, amazing way to look at life.
Because living with a higher level of awe and wonder makes life lighter. It makes life more inviting. It makes life much more manageable.
Some of you midlifers are thinking, "Yeah, but I've seen it all." I'm going to challenge you on that. You haven't seen it all.
No matter what you've done, how many places in the world you've gone, how much money you've made, how many marathons you've run, or how many times you've climbed Mount Everest... No matter what life experiences you've had, there is so much more to discover.
There's so much more to explore in this wonderful world of ours, and there's a ton to discover in other people.
More importantly, there's a ton to discover within yourself because self-discovery is one of the most beautiful places you can ever find awe and wonder.
I've been doing this work for over 25 years, and yet I continue to discover the awe and wonder of...me. Personally, I find me absolutely fascinating. I mean, I am the most fascinating person I've ever met. ;)
While that may sound silly, it's absolutely true. Every time I go deeper, when I hit a new level, I learn something new about myself. Sometimes, it's really intense; other times I'll surprise myself.
I'll realize something and say, "Wow, really? I believe that? Oh, I thought I believed this other thing. You know what? That actually makes sense, and that certainly accounts for my behavior."
It's just like the onion. You keep peeling off layers and layers, and then you find out what's underneath. Simply put, awe and wonder in midlife makes life more interesting.
After 40, we're all craving awe and wonder. We just don't know how to get it. So you have to explore to get clarity and to figure things out. Because within this journey of self-discovery lies our midlife purpose.
Could that be what's missing for you right now? Are you feeling a little blah, a little meh lately? Maybe you can't quite put a finger on what, exactly, is wrong?
Having a midlife purpose is important. It makes you feel excited. It gives you hope about life. So don't you think it's time to start giving some attention to your purpose?
This is your "why." This is why you get out of bed in the morning. It's your unique contribution, and it's unique because there's no one else like you.
There is absolutely no one else in the world who has the same life experience, the same skill sets, the same heart, the same passion, the same vision as you do.
Your contributions are uniquely yours, and they are desperately needed in this world. When you apply awe and wonder to your midlife purpose, you open yourself up to new ideas and to new possibilities of what might be.
Think about it:
What would the world look like if you realized this midlife purpose? What would things look like if it actually came to pass? Will the world look better? Will lives improve?
Of course, your life will improve because you have a purpose but will this purpose impact other people in this hurting world who really need your particular skills, life experience and heart?
Step into the awe and wonder of you. Open yourself up to possibility because we all need to be inspired. We all need to feel fulfilled and, just as importantly, we all need to be living in integrity...
I hope you're hearing this during the holiday, while you're out of your routine and off autopilot. Maybe you're traveling and you're in a car or a plane. Maybe you're in the kitchen, you're getting ready for the family to come over for the big Christmas dinner....
Whatever it is you're doing, I do hope you take some time to think about your midlife purpose so you can start living fully and intentionally, living a big, beautiful life of intention and joy.
That's it for today. I wanted to give you something to think about over the holidays so you can really start looking at the new year with a new level of excitement and enthusiasm.
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Friend, I pray you have a blessed and beautiful Christmas. I'll see you in the next episode and until then, peace, love and blessings to you and yours. Take care. Bye-bye!