Nicholas St. North (better known as Santa Claus) asked Jack Frost that very question in the Rise of the Guardians, the 2012 animated children’s movie that touched the hearts of even the most jaded adults. In that scene, Nicholas hands Jack a matryoshka doll representing him (Nicholas). He instructs Jack to open the doll, layer by layer, until the innermost core. There, Jack uncovers a tiny doll with huge eyes. Those eyes, says Nicholas, represent his center–WONDER. His much loved role is to gather up delightful toys on Christmas to deliver all over the world; thus, keeping the sense of magical, wide-eyed wonder in children.
What’s your center?
Jack Frost did not know his yet. Neither did I know mine. Many months later, I was presented a book which asked the same question in so many different ways. What do you wake up on Monday mornings for? What are you most passionate about? What do others claim you do so well and with little effort? What spurs you to action? In The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work, bestselling author Richard Leider writes about how purpose gives us a “profound sense of who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going.”
Finding answers to the many variations of what is essentially one question required me to take long and frequent pauses which led to many paths, pseudo answers, and more questions. But after a long, long while of contemplation, listening, phrasing and rephrasing, I found my life purpose from my center. It somehow always came down to WORDS–a love of and respect for its creative, healing and manifesting power.
And so to affirm here and now:
What’s my center? A spring of words that come forth, sometimes in bursts, sometimes in trickles, always flowing.
What’s my life purpose?
To WRITE the stories of people
who are living their life purpose
and to inspire many others
toward finding and living theirs.
To BE an example of a life re-created
by the conscious use and choice of words
expressing always what’s positive and true
in all I think and say and do.
To BRING cheer to another
at every encounter
picking kind words to utter
leaving hearts warm and better.
To GROW into the best version of me
spiritually and socially
emotionally and mentally
physically and financially.
Now, what’s YOUR center?
Jack Frost’s realization was poignantly simple. So yes, get inspiration from that Dreamworks movie and find motivation in Richard Leider’s book. (And no, I’m not in any way connected to either Dreamworks or Richard Leider.) The journey to your center may be a winding road or even an obstacle course, but arriving at your destination will be absolutely satisfying.