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Believing Bigger

- Thursday, February 16, 2012

Posted by Grace Yi




Do you dream? What is your dream? And do you think your dream can come true?

Or how about this: do you think you can make your dream become a reality?

I appreciate the advice that Justin Ahrens, the Principal and Creative Director of design firm Rule29, shares on his blog about the topic of believing in something bigger, and more meaningful, in one's life pursuits. It's a good reminder to take pause and reflect on the things that drive us and our activities.

Why do we do what we do? You've probably woken up at some point in your life and said to yourself, "What's it all about anyway? Do I really need to go in today and deal with the same old stuff?" Even if you have the greatest job in the universe, moments like this have a way of seeping into your mind occasionally. But if thoughts like these linger, or if you are looking for a new perspective, here is the perfect suggestion: Find something to believe in—something that is bigger than you.

In the end, work is just work. What is guiding you to make the choices you make? Your passion? What you think is right? Your friends? Your faith? Whatever your outlook, believing in something bigger than you helps to put all of the aspects of your life into perspective. We all have something that guides us, something that we are meant to pay attention to. Along the way, it's important for us to figure out what our priorities are and keep ourselves in check.

We are here to do something other than just work. Our work is important, even if it merely serves to meet our basic needs, but we are all a part of something bigger, and we are designed to play a unique part in that community. Maybe this is the area of your life that needs the most attention; it might even be time for a reboot.

This is a topic worthy of discussing because most of us at some point encounter a nagging sense of doubt that causes us to question what this whole rat race is about. Getting some definition of that for yourself really helps align and adjust work and put it in its proper place.

What that actually means for you is part of the adventure. Start, restart, or continue to pay attention to what is bigger than you. It will provide the ultimate clarity that helps you sleep at night and gets you out of bed in the morning.

People on their deathbeds do not wish that they had worked more. When reflecting on their lives, they may wish they had loved, played, explored, served, and lived more instead of working so hard chasing fame and fortune. If you don't have a job that fuels your life or live a life that fuels your work, then look at your focus, your reason for doing, your passion . . . the answer lies there.

How to Look at Believing Bigger

Do you have passion in your work? In your personal life? If the answer is yes, then can you do more of that? If the answer is no, how can you add some of that back into your life? If work is causing your life to be blurry, upside down, empty, shallow, or meaningless, it's time to call a timeout. Why are you doing what you are doing? Remember the things that fueled your passion and go back to them. What adjustments can be made? Don't be overwhelmed—you can do only one thing at a time, but the path needs to start somewhere, so move where you feel led to go.

For more check out the book Life Kerning.

Original blog post here.

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