The work we are meant for does not weary the soul. It nourishes and enlivens. The doing of it creates an energy which feeds back into itself, giving rise to the desire to continue. And so we do continue. We continue because without always knowing why and ultimately because there need be no why, we feel called to this particular work.
We need never worry that our work is selfish or not of great enough service to the world because if the work enlivens and lifts the soul, we can be sure that it is not only in service to us as individuals, but also in service to all of life. Joy is a healing force.
In the opposite way, work that is not meant for us, even if it seems like wonderful work, dampens and dulls the soul. If we want to be spiritually annoying about it, we can say that if we were more ‘spiritually evolved’, we would not feel such a dampening and would, instead, have the capacity to feel a joyousness no matter the work in which we were engaged.
Though there may be certain valuable lessons to be learned through the doing of work that is not meant for us and whilst we can of course be of service and joyful no matter what we do or where we are placed, it is absurd to think that life would ultimately prefer us to be engaged in such work. That which satisfies the soul satisfies life.
One might also say that it is that within us which is spiritually alive and awake that senses this dullness so acutely, acting as a call to bring the still resistant or unbelieving parts of ourselves into alignment with what is most true.
There is no one on this earth who can say exactly what this work is that you are meant for. Though we may usefully explore it with people we trust, the core of it will always remain a sacred and secret conversation that happens within your own being, impossible to ever fully convey to another. The challenge, still, for many of us, is to trust these conversations of the soul. To have faith that joy is the proper compass.
Love and courage,