Life’s Work Can Have a Hitch
Not a day goes by where I don’t have at least one conversation with someone who says they are committed to doing their life’s work. Yet, when the rubber meets the road, many fall by the wayside.
Lots of people are under the mistaken notion that doing their life’s work means all will unfold without a hitch.
This is absolutely NOT TRUE. The reality is this; often, when someone is on their path and doing their life’s work, there is frustration, hurdles, tears, pain and multiple challenges.
I truly believe those who say: “When you are doing your life’s work, all is a bed of roses,” are doing others a great disservice.
There are times when circumstances can be downright gut-wrenching. There are times you will be brought to your knees and can’t help but cry about what has been put in front of you.
If you don’t believe this to be true maybe you haven’t looked close enough.
Tia Torres Shows How It’s Done
One of my favorite shows to watch is Pitbulls and Parolees featuring Tia Torres, her family and a bunch of guys who are on parole. I started watching the show many years ago when Tia and her crew were based out of California.
Years ago, Tia founded Villalobos Rescue Center. When they first started out, the sole focus was to rescue abandoned Pit Bulls. Over the years they’ve gone way beyond Pits in their rescue efforts.
Yet, the main focus continues to be one of the most misunderstood breeds around. A few years ago, the rescue was moved to New Orleans.
If one were to dig into the history of the rescue, Tia and the many people who have committed to the vision of saving as many dogs as possible, they would see it has not been without incredible hardships.
They have had to contend with financial challenges due to the cost of running the facility and caring for over 400 dogs at any given time. They’ve dealt with floods, storms, crazed fans, negative stereotypes of Pits and the never-ending ignorance of those who abuse many of the animals that have ended up at Villalobos Rescue Center.
A Break In Tia’s Plans
A few months ago, Tia broke her leg in several places. This required multiple surgeries. Did this stop her from continuing her efforts to take care of the dogs? Absolutely not.
Although it forced her to personally do things differently, the question she asked herself was, “How can I continue to do something in spite of the accident?” She found many ways to do so with one being to make public appearances to raise funds.
Tia will be quick to say that public appearances are not something she necessarily likes to do, but the results she gets are… raising funds and awareness. Both of these help her to continue her life’s work.
With all the obstacles, Tia keeps at it. Why? Because it’s her passion and her life’s work.
There are those who may look at her life and say, “I could never do that,” and they would be right. The reason Tia continues to battle the obstacles, including times of incredible exhaustion, is being driven by something beyond the visible. It’s a force that gives her the strength to fulfill her life’s work.
This is a great example of someone who is willing to go through whatever it takes to fulfill her life’s work.
Fine Artist, Lorraine Lawson, Is Living Her Passion
Fine artist, Lorraine Lawson, is another example of someone answering the calling of their life’s work.
From as far back as I can remember, my sister was creating something… anything. She could take just about any type of material and create beautiful artwork out of it. I was always in awe of this.
It was obviously her “gift” and her passion. For years, she dabbled in her passion.
It seemed the more she dabbled, the more she was “called” to do her art.
Lorraine says living her life’s work is not a choice. It is something she must do.
She feels that more times than not, her inspiration comes from another space and time with our great-grandfather, Gustave Flasschoen, working through her from beyond.
Today, she is a highly successful fine artist based out of Campbell, California. Her work has been, and continues to be, featured in galleries and shows.
She has been featured in magazines, on news shows, and in various newspapers.
Did this all happen by chance? Not at all. Although being in shows and featured in galleries is glamorous, Lorraine will be the first to admit there are very “non” glamorous aspects to living her life’s work. Yet, she’s kept at it. And it’s definitely paid off.
Ask Lorraine if there will come a day she puts down the paint brush and you will likely get a strange look from her. This is not even a consideration.
Art, abstracts in particular, is what she does. It’s actually that simple.
The Big Lie About Your Life’s Work
According to journalist and blogger, Tor Constantino, “There’s a myth that once you know what it is that you’re supposed to pursue, achieving that purpose will be easy because it plays to your strengths and passion. That’s not the case.”
In his post, How to Read the 3 Signs Telling You Your Purpose in Life, Constantino says, “Just as with professional athletes, musicians or artisans, expect to intentionally hone your craft to the point of exhaustion. Otherwise, mastery will elude you.”
The challenge for a lot of people is they want their life’s work to be easy. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Angels Showed Soodabeh Her Life’s Work
I’m in awe of the journey Soodabeh Mokry took to fulfill her life’s work.
“I survived eight years of war and the death of my younger brother in a sudden car accident two months prior to leaving war-torn Iran. When I arrived in America, my marriage of ten years suddenly and unexpectedly ended. I was left alone with 2 young children, no money, no family or friends, and didn’t even speak English. However, I managed to go back to school and graduate as a registered nurse.”
It was during this time, Mokry was introduced to the angelic realm, which she describes as inspiring her to “learn to dream big.”
Obviously, living in a country plagued by severe war, hatred and death did not seem a likely place for someone like Soodabeh to get the first inklings of her life’s work. Overcoming incredible odds, Soodabeh currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she continues to discover deeper aspects of her life’s work in order to help as many people as she can discover theirs.
Her recently released book, Angel Nightingale. is a must read for anyone who doubts the obstacles one much overcome to pursue their life’s work
Your Life’s Work is a Lifelong Journey
What is your life’s work, and what are you doing to assure you stay the course?
Whether it be specialized training and schooling, learning from mentors, taking risks that get you out of your comfort zone, and doing something each and every day to fulfill your purpose, it’s essential to realize that the only point of power you have is right here, right now.
There are many books available on the topic. A quick visit to Amazon.com will give you ample choices such as How Life Really Works.
Bottom line is this, no one can fulfill your purpose but you. Fulfilling your purpose is not for the faint of heart. It takes vision, perseverance, courage and a willingness to not be attached to any particular outcome other than living your truth.
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