When we listen to our lives, we can start to see patterns. If we can listen carefully, it becomes a compass for our life.
Listen to your life, and your creative projects will find a more significant meaning.
This is an idea taken from the second mountain by David Brooks. He talks about stepping away from the distractions and outside expectations we find ourselves in and listening carefully to your own story. Your own history. Your ups and downs.
When we listen to our lives, we can start to see patterns. What makes us feel alive and what drains our energy. What gives us hope and what gives us disappointment. If we can listen carefully, it becomes a compass for our life.
In my personal experience - I took this task to heart. I've done a lot of things for the applause from the world, often at the cost of my own true happiness. So when I started to listen to my life, I began to see what brought real joy to me all these years. Rarely was it money, or personal achievements or anything the world tends to give us as the map to happiness. It was always a connection and growth with other people.
My life told me that I see people for who they're becoming. That I have a special gift to open what is inside of them and help them see it in themselves. Walking with others to achieve their goals and dreams is what energizes me most in life. Most other things are just noise.
So when you listen to your life, what do you hear? How can you translate this into your creative expression moving forward?