Looking Inward

True selfWawdwol-ing by its own definition carries with it a feeling of responsibility.  There is the feeling that whatever you have chosen to “do” with your life, it should somehow serve the greater good; and that unless it does, perhaps you are being too selfish.  But here’s the thing: The other side of wawdwol-ing is figuring out what is right for you, what is it that you truly love to do.  And unless you are at peace with yourself, your real effectiveness in helping others is greatly diminished.  The idea is that if you are truly connected to your Self, you become more awake, more aware, and have a better chance of finding out what it is you really want to and love to “do.”  And then once you are there, once your heart is truly in your work, your own excitement and energy in action can inspire and energize others as well.

I came across an interesting article on The Huffington Post which more accurately describes this inward, Self-centered approach, and offers some answers to wawdwol, or at least offers a possible way to findan answer for wawdwolers.  It points to searching within oneself as a key component for finding that answer.  And not just asking the question of your Self, but then expecting an answer is also important, as is mentioned by one of the people commenting on the article.

Here’s another interesting way to look at it, offered by Margaret Young, a popular jazz singer and comedienne from the 1920’s:

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.”

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