I would love to tell you a story…
Long time ago, there’s not enough food to go around because of a famine. People died from starvation, families could only afford to feed the stronger family members. One night, Hansel and Gretel overheard their parents talk about leaving them in the forest to fend for themselves.
Thankfully Hansel had a plan. He snuck outside and collected a bunch of white pebbles, hiding them in his pocket before going to bed. The next morning, the family walked deep into the woods and Hansel secretly laid a trail of white pebbles. After a while their parents left them after reassuring them they’ll come back for them by night fall.
By night-time, the wolves were howling and their parents were yet to come back for them. Gretel feared for their lives. They were lost at this point, and the wolves’ yellow eyes looked at them like they were dinner.
They made a fire to keep warm and scare the wolves. Once the flames burst up, they saw a strange line of dots glistening. It turned out that the pebbles Hansel dropped earlier were reflecting the light from the fire. The trail of pebbles provided a sense of direction, allowing Hansel and Gretel to find their way home.
Do you have a pebble Trail?
In life, we all have pebble trails. Do you ever catch yourself thinking, “I don’t know what to do with my life!”? Don’t we all? Anyways, there is a way to find your passion.
Whenever this question comes up what do we do in response? Sadly, most times, we just go on performing daily mundane tasks, thinking that miraculously, a fantastic idea will appear out of thin air and give us a sense of direction. Unfortunately, this rarely (if ever) happens.
And the worst part of it all is that, before we know it, years have gone by. So instead of cruising through life waiting for a miracle to happen, look for the pebbles in your life! Chances are, you’ll be able to find some things in your past experiences that provide direction for the future. For example, maybe when you look back you’ll notice that you spend a lot of free time writing and reading. Maybe fiction is a big interest in your life.
And no, it doesn’t mean you have to run off and suddenly become the next John Grisham. What it does mean is that it is something worth investigating. You could enroll in an introductory writing class, or talk to a writer about their experiences. Why not do both?
If there’s something that you’re interested in, look into it more. You don’t have to (and shouldn’t) jump into something right away. Investigate a bit more into the pebbles to see how far along you should follow them.
Your pebbles reflect your personality
Pebbles can also relate to the way you act. Over time, these tendencies are revealed over and over again. It’s interesting how people can observe things about us that would never have occurred in our heads. They take notice of something and then might make a comment in passing:
• “You’re really good at connecting with people.”
• “You always seem to read what I’m thinking!”
• “Whoa, have you ever thought of doing ____?”
When different people make comments like the above stated, there’s something going on. I suggest that you listen when this happens. Looking forward, it seems scary and difficult to figure out what we should be doing; we worry whether we’re making the right decisions. But when we pursue something that is like a second skin and almost comes naturally, it almost seems blindingly obvious. As Steve Jobs once said, “You can only connect the dots looking backward.”
In a world full of choices, there are so many possibilities out there and most of the time; we’re forced to choose without even finding our passion. As a result, we find ourselves job hopping. Other times, external pressures or current trends cause us to make decisions that we normally wouldn’t have done. After all, if your friends are doing something, it’s easier to follow along right?
Sometimes, we have interests, passions, or skills that we don’t even realize. Someone might say, “How’d you do that?” And we might shrug, figuring that if we can do something, it must come easily to everyone else. If you have people come to you for help on something or are surprised that something you can do so well, pay attention. You could learn something about yourself that everyone already knew.
What are the pebbles in your own life? Do they form a trail and lead you somewhere?Passion Hunting? Follow These Steps by Stellamaris Obomanu