Why do you do what you do?

* Post 2 in a 30-day experiment
focused on magnetizing essence! *

If this were a criminal court, the question, “Why?” would be considered your motive.

This isn’t a criminal court, but it’s still a great question to ask and answer in a bigger context:  Life.  In LIFE, why do you do what you do?  What’s your life’s motiveWhat drives you to spend your time and vitality (your very greatest resources) the way you do?

I know that asking this — investigating what exactly fuels our life — is a question both of privilege and provocation.  And still I ask.

Why?  Why do you keep showing up to do that repetitive thing?  Is it because consistency is the mark of “maturity”?  Is it because predictable rhythm has really, deeply, vibrantly brought you so much joy, that you just must do it again.  For the trillionth time.  Because you’re honestly not bored-to-tears with the mundane monotony of being so practical?

I suspect there’s more to this game.

I believe we each have a special ray of beauty and genius to express, and I’m certain that Grand Reason surpasses corporate ladders, 401Ks, and other tokens of physical security.

I know that most people’s motive has been stifled and stunted by the need to take care of earthly needs.  Stomachs and minds need to be filled, and groceries and tuition are (as yet) not free.  This puts glorious beings on treadmills that don’t travel.  And, frankly, seeing glory spin its wheels in banal futility breaks my heart.

That is why I’m starting this experiment tomorrow, to create financial sovereignty so that how I spend my time and vitality is completely and joyfully aligned with my gifts, and the purest form of who I am I want to run on star-dust.  Not treadmills.

Let’s see what we can uncover and unleash in 30 days.  Join me.


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6 Responses to “Why do you do what you do?”

  1. Margaret Says:

    This is a loaded question that suggest you do more than view a reflection in the mirror. This is suggesting you take a raw look in yourself and challenge you to identify what you do and if there is a need for change. One thing I enjoy doing with my free time is belly dancing. I love the mobility and seduction of the art. I have not been using my free time as such … So I will join you and use my free time to return to this time treasured art.

    • LifeBlazing Says:

      Seductress, Sweden will be a far greater country with your return to belly dance ;-) Yes, indeed, the question is loaded. And if I may add a whee bit more to that load, I’m also calling into question the notion of “free time”. Traditionally, “free time” adds up to a couple (if that) paltry hours in a 24-hour day, 2 hurried days in a 7-day week, and a few weeks in a 52-week year. I don’t like the idea that someone else (e.g. a boss or a debtor) gets to have so much influence on how the majority of my time is spent, and what I call “free” or “mine” is just left-over scraps. My hope with this experiment is to revolutionize that. Shimmy-Love! XO

  2. Eunice Harris Says:

    I love the aspiration to tread on stardust rather than treadmills that do not travel. The achievement — of time and vitality that are aligned with ones gifts — must be among the most personally-fulfilling experiences that one could ever have. This is the incubator for the birthing of Outstanding Greats. Look around at the many World Greats in numerous fields. Did each not marry his/her personal gifts to time and vitality? What resulted was not ‘work’ per se, but ‘enjoyment’ of those gifts through using them. To the observing world, it was – and is – magic in the making to see these Greats do what they do. The world loves magic and awaits the birth of the next True Great. … Kudos to all who enter into the incubator of authenticity and deliver miraculous, one-of-a-kind magic!

    • Erika Harris Says:

      “The achievement — of time and vitality that are aligned with ones gifts — must be among the most personally-fulfilling experiences that one could ever have. ” Yes, Mom, I imagine it is. And that’s precisely the experience I want to create for myself… the chance to direct the bulk of my time and vitality to catalytic writing. There. I said it. I want the freedom to write, write, write. Thanks for commenting. I love when you do!

  3. Lisa Says:

    Erika asks, “What drives you to spend your time and vitality (your very greatest resources) the way you do?”

    Good question! Just when I’ve reached a goal, I have to revisit this question. Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the forest when too focused on the trees :) That’s when it’s time to step back and look at the big picture. I must also take an honest look at myself, my motives, and goals. Where am I now, and where do I want to go? What must I do to get where I want to go? Am I willing to do what it takes to get there? Even if I do figure it out, life has a funny way of turning plans upside down and inside out, so I’ll have to ask that question again throughout the rest of my life ;)

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