Here’s an example of someone whose life was transformed when she discovered her purposeful authenticity. A senior vice president of a multi-billion dollar, global company told me that as a child, she had always had a nagging sense of unrest and anxiety, but she distracted herself by being a top student and athlete. She followed in the footsteps of her Ivy-league educated father because she wanted to be able to afford the same lavish lifestyle to which she had grown accustomed. This path was also expected of her so she felt she really had no choice in the matter.
She took great pride in being the ideal daughter, student and now corporate executive. Still, over the years the nagging sense of unrest and anxiety never left her. She diverted her attention by becoming a workaholic. She owned the best cars, clothes, jewelry, and homes — material success and status symbols were of the utmost importance to her. Then one day she was at a week-long corporate retreat when the high-profile author and speaker leading the seminar signaled her out of the crowd and asked her what she stood for and who she was outside of her corporate titles and accomplishments. She found herself at a loss for words. She did not have an answer because she had worked so hard and so fast for so long that her only identity had become that of her title and position within the company.
This one question sent her life into a tailspin as she awakened to the reality that she didn’t know who she was anymore. She did know immediately, however, that she wanted to change her life.
After almost a year of soul-searching, meditation, prayer, examining long-held beliefs and practicing the Law of Attraction, she resigned from corporate America and spent six-months traveling the world. When she returned home, she knew what she needed to do to finally set free, as she put it, the nagging sense of unrest and anxiety that she had experienced her entire life.
Her greatest gift in life is oil painting — her vivid recreations of her family members and seascapes were her life’s proudest accomplishments. As a child, while her artistic abilities were appreciated, they were not encouraged as a proper career. She decided that she was finally going to live a life that allowed her to share and express this innate artistic ability. Today she has a booming business and gallery in which the focus of her artwork is primarily children, families, and seascapes. Looking back at her accomplished corporate career, she says that she never once experienced the authenticity, depth, fulfillment and involvedness that she now experiences every day. She knows that part of the angst she experienced throughout her life was caused by her soul aching for this missing dimension. She now knows the profound depth and meaning of deep-soul joy.