Thanks to Brainpickings, I was recently encapsulated by Steve Jobs' Standford University Commencement Speech given in 2005 and am savouring the wisdom of his words. He talks about life and death, and connecting the dots:
"Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very very clear looking backwards. You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever - because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference."
I find these words incredibly heartening. I feel like I'm on the edge, and have felt this way for a while now. Not on 'the edge' as in about to neck myself, but at the edge of something exciting and meaningful, and knowing that the dots will somehow connect spurs me on to continue searching, questioning, listening and sharing. There's a question in my mind on what that next step will reveal to me, but I continue on my journey with open eyes, mind and heart, knowing that it's all going to work out. I can't wait to see how the universe conspires for me today.
I have been doing a lot of research over the years on finding your purpose, and this gem just adds to a valuable and expanding toolkit on this ubiquitous topic. In the mix for my future is learning and development, yoga, leadership, mindfulness, parenting, collaboration, blogging, creative disruption, remix culture, combinatorial creativity, and a little bit of starting up a business on the side. Not sure how these dots connect, but I can't wait to find out.