Understanding the Call
It is much more than a passing thought, more than intuition, and often verges on an obsession. A drive to progress so immense that it may consume our thoughts completely until we actively work to accomplish.... something. If we are lucky, we might just know what we want to accomplish, even if not precisely how we will go about doing so. Other times we are lacking both the "what," and the "how." Knowing only that there are tasks to be done, that we should be somewhere doing something. Sometimes we know deeper than our bones that we have fallen from a path we've never seen, and need desperately to find our way back. 


To clarify, there is an immense difference between intense desire and the call to do something. Desire brings a certain amount of drive, the effect of which is certainly amplified as desire increases. The call to act is a different creature entirely. This goes beyond desire, beyond wanting to climb a mountain "someday," or to work on your next degree. This more about trying to discover your life's work.

  The call is a deep seated need. It questions the validity of frivolous activities, and affects your choices on a daily basis. A steadily growing distraction, surfacing to the forefront of your mind more and more often. It highlights the missing facets of your life, the pieces that would see a life's work completed, until they are glaring as if perpetually in the midday sun. However, once you start making the choice to address those absent pieces, the incessant push eases a bit. It is important to remember that this drive is not insisting you move a mountain you've yet to identify by the close of the week. Rather, the drive is to begin the process of finding the mountain so that you may then begin to relocate it once piece at a time.

The key is to hone our understanding of ourselves. First knowing our greatest assets, then applying them to our interactions with the world around us. This can be difficult in a world that has a tendency to make distinctions based upon standardized accomplishment. Even so, if we can recognize that the world needs change, then we have already established that its systems of understanding are flawed. We need to regard ourselves differently, finding the parts of ourselves that don't fit within existing social structure, and begin to see the value we hold. 

Personally, I hold more love for the unique moment than for all the standardized experiences together. The world is so incredibly rich when our encounters aren't pre-approved, boxed, and made ready for our consumption. I don't want moments that I can consume like popcorn. I want moments that consume me. I want the same of the people I encounter.  I want more people who wrap me in the adventure that is them, within this precise instant, entangled with me and this particular circumstance. If we do not find a way to nurture the aspects of ourselves that vary from the acceptable, normal encounter, such extraordinary moments will disappear. 

As we begin to see our personal value, we can look to those around us and find the unique value that they offer. So often people are in our lives for very particular reasons. Those you learn a single lesson from may not always be available, though the understanding of the world they imparted to you is forever a part of your existence. Meanwhile, the people in your daily life may offer things that you need as consistent influences. By examining yourself and those around you in order to find the value in each, you gain an understanding of how your gift to others fits with their gift to you. The beautiful part of this is how you have armed one another with new tools for navigating the world. Those tools you shared are going to be passed along to whomever you each encounter. Additionally, with each iteration, those ideas and new ways of existing become more and more acceptable. Expected, even. 

The more you see the world in this way, the more you discover what parts of yourself the world seems most in need of. It may be the way you persevere. It may be the way you care for others. It may be your skills as a gardener. It may be the way you listen. What ever it is, the more you share it - the more you make of your unique offering to this world - the greater an impact you will have. The more change you will inspire.

Such change is often the greatest reward for our efforts. For it is then that we are helping to create a world in which we want to exist.

So, the Call.

The unending drive to do something great.

The need to make a difference.

This whole endeavor is to live in a way that will create the change you are called to make. The process of doing so tends to create within your daily life the very challenges needed to facilitate that change. Watch the occurrences of your life in a new way. Study your life, discover the wonders in it. See how learning that new skill ties into your bigger ideas. Notice when the person who offers the perfect solution to your dilemma enters your world. Make the connections that matter, the ones that feel enriching from the first moment. Grow the life you want by finding ways to turn your biggest passions into the biggest parts of your life. 

That is how you answer the call.

You live it.