My friend Nuno radiates a quiet assuredness that comes from living in alignment with his gifts.
He is, among other things, a sculptor, illustrator, tai chi instructor, reiki practitioner and a massive fan of strategy games.
Although he currently supports himself with his passions (many of which he describes as his callings), it wasn’t always like that. Over the years, he’s held a variety of odd jobs.
One of those was as a baggage handler at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.
Now, Nuno is not a big, beefy guy. He’s actually fairly small and slender.
For an artistic soul, you might think lifting heavy loads on a noisy tarmac in the hot sun lifting would be Hell.
Not for my friend. When I asked him how he liked it, he smiled fondly:
“There were the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises! They were amazing.”
It made me wonder:
How many sunsets and sunrises are we missing because we aren’t doing the exact thing we want right now?
How you are on the way there is how you will be when you arrive.
You might not be living the life of your dreams, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t practice being the type of person who is.
If you want to be self-employed, use your day job to master time management.
If you are a writer, notice the characters and stories all around you.
And if you are an artist, look for the sunsets and sunrises.
Just because you aren’t in your ideal environment doesn’t mean you can’t express small parts of who you are now.
You might have an exit plan.
You might just be thinking about it.
Or maybe you’ve already left.
Regardless, take a look around.
Are your eyes so focused on the pavement that you are missing the gifts that are already all around you?
Nuno saw the sunset in the most unlikely of places. You can too.