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Defining Your Direction

Your Life’s Work
Many people are committed to professions and personal endeavors they never consciously planned to pursue. They attribute the shape of their lives to circumstance, taking on roles they feel are tolerable. Each of us, however, has been blessed with a purpose. Your life’s work is the assemblage of activities that allows you to express your intelligence and creativity, live in accordance with your values, and experience the profound joy of simply being yourself. Unlike traditional work, which may demand more of you than you are willing to give, life’s work demands nothing but your intent and passion for that work. Yet no one is born with an understanding of the scope of their purpose. If you have drifted through life, you may feel directionless. Striving to discover your life’s work can help you realize your true potential and live a more authentic, driven life.

To make this discovery, you must consider your interests in the present and the passions that moved you in the past. You may have felt attracted to a certain discipline or profession throughout your young life only to have steered away from your aspirations upon reaching adulthood. Or you may be harboring an interest as of yet unexplored. Consider what calls to you and then narrow it down. If you want to work with your hands, ask yourself what work will allow you to do so. You may be able to refine your life’s work within the context of your current occupations. If you want to change the world, consider whether your skills and talents lend themselves to philanthropic work. Taking stock of your strengths, passions, beliefs, and values can help you refine your search for purpose if you don’t know where to begin. Additionally, in your daily meditation, ask the universe to clarify your life’s work by providing signs and be sure to pay attention.

Since life’s journey is one of evolution, you may need to redefine your direction on multiple occasions throughout your lifetime. For instance, being an amazing parent can be your life’s work strongly for 18 years, then perhaps you have different work to do. Your life’s work may not be something you are recognized or financially compensated for, such as parenting, a beloved hobby, or a variety of other activities typically deemed inconsequential. Your love for a pursuit, however, gives it meaning. You’ll know you have discovered your life’s work when you wake eager to face each day and you feel good about not only what you do but also who you are.

Source: Daily Om

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Small Steps: A Good-Health Guide

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PARENTING has never been an easy job, but mothers and fathers today face challenges in raising their children that their own parents may never have had to address.

While children have always been picky eaters, for instance, parents today are trying to supply healthful food in a world dominated by chicken nuggets, processed snacks and soft drinks. Bike riding and hopscotch have given way to video games and text messaging. And working parents have to juggle day care, jobs and family.

At the same time, the barrage of health information on the Internet and elsewhere has introduced a higher level of stress for parents. Web sites promote supplements that increase a child’s brain health while news organizations report on the latest scare from baby bottles or too much television.

All of this makes raising a healthy child feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

This Well guide offers small steps and simple strategies to improve a child’s well-being in four areas — nutrition, development, playtime and safety. Inside, there’s advice from experts on how to raise a healthy, active youngster: tips on diet and behavior, help for problems like insomnia, and the latest thinking on day care, discipline and other topics. It’s all designed to help kids stay well every day.

Sources: The New York Times

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