A few days back I was over at the park with my son Archie, he is 6 years old and a little bit of a live wire. He has 2 levels of interest 1. Is complete obsession with a thing 2. No interest whatsoever.
He can lack focus and this day at the park was one of those days, he was bouncing from activity to activity. He was on the swings, then the slide, he fell over in the mud a few times and was erratically moving from one thing to the next like a bull in a china shop.
Don’t get me wrong it was real good fun, I even fell over in the mud a few times! You could say that the 2 of us were totally in the moment, but it totally lacked any real focus.
Eventually we made our way to the sandpit where there was this little digging contraption that he could sit on and dig up the sand, it was quite tricky to maneuver, so I tried and struggled to help him with it and eventually after 5 minutes he managed to get a technique that allowed him to dig a little sand.
Being that he was in a really bouncy mood I expected his digging to last a few minutes and we would move on, but he sat there patiently and over the next hour and a half and mastered this little sand digger, it was only because he had to go to the toilet that he reluctantly decided to stop. In fact he nearly wet himself as he made the incredibly tough decision to leave the digger in search of a toilet (In this case a tree).
Currently I am not sure what this means, maybe he will work in construction? Maybe he will be an archeologist? Or maybe he will dig graves? One thing I am certain of, is that he would happily sit and dig for hours on end, just for the pure pleasure of digging.
We have all had these moments in our lives, these seemingly insignificant times when we are so fully immersed in something that nothing else matters. Times when we are so involved in something that even going to the toilet brings us pain, as it will remove us from what we are doing.
These moments mostly come from childhood and here is the thing- we don’t really change that much going into adulthood. Yes we have to grow up a little and we have new found responsibilities. We may wear our hair differently or listen to different music. But ultimately at our core we are the same.
So when you are looking for your purpose, your bliss or the thing that gets you so excited that you want to get out of bed in the morning jumping for joy, you need look no further than your childhood.
What did you like doing?
How did you spend your time?
What things did you not enjoy?
What kind of people did you like being around?
In answering these questions you can get a good understanding of where you are coming from and what makes you tick. Once you get this understanding you can focus on spending at least some of your time reconnecting with what immerses you fully in the moment!
I am Luke Miller the author of this article and creator of Potential For Change. I believe that spirituality is the foundation for good health and like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life. You can get a copy of Zen Week my free meditation and personal development course by clicking here!
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