Cliff’s Priority #3 Doing what I was meant to do.
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Cliff’s Priority #3 Doing what I was meant to do.

One of my priorities is to discover and fulfill my ever-evolving life purpose. At this stage, I feel that my “mission” is to create useful and inspiring content for highly sensitive people. Drawing upon my personal experience as a HSP, I want to help others realize that high sensitivity, once you understand it, can be used to your advantage. My goal is to emphasize the strengths of high sensitivity and to encourage others to work with what they have.

I’ve been producing HSP content for a long time, though I took a break from this work over the last few years. (I was making big changes in my life, all of which I describe in my Cliff’s Big Move blog post series.) In recent months, I’ve been motivated to write again. I also wanted to organize and refresh my existing content. I worked with my editor/graphic designer to go through all of my existing blog posts, revise them, and place them into categories for easy reference. We also organized my audio content, which includes interviews I did and teleconferences I hosted on HSP-related topics.

As I pursue my “calling,” I feel a strong sense of purpose and personal fulfillment. This is a vehicle I can use to help others through my experience and to share my love and strength of writing. As highly sensitive people, it’s very important for us to have meaningful work that leverages our skills and talents. We long for that feeling of joy that comes from providing excellent service, making a contribution, shedding light on a problem, or just helping another person. For that reason, I will continue to follow my passion, even when things get difficult or don’t happen as quickly as I want them to. I hope that I can inspire you to do the same.

It has taken me a long time to get to this point. Sometimes dreams take longer than expected. Life comes at you fast, and sometimes it does get in the way. There may be financial limitations, family obligations, or an unexpected illness, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t think about your dream and take small actions on a part-time basis. You might insist that you don’t have the time to contemplate all of this right now, but isn’t it funny how we somehow find the time to do the things that are important to us? Why not make your own fulfillment a top priority?

In my case, I knew what I wanted to do but didn’t know what form it would take. I wrote a book, ran a website, authored a blog, and experimented with Meetup Groups, which included both in-person meetings and teleconferences. Like everything in life, I had my successes and made mistakes. It was sometimes stressful and sometimes exhilarating, but no matter what happened, it was truly a learning experience!

At this point, I feel like I’m starting a new chapter in a theoretical “book” I began years ago. Before I move forward, I’d like to pause and determine how I can best serve the HSP community. Since I’m not starting from the beginning, I’m better equipped to realize my goal, but I can’t do this alone. I need your help! I would very much appreciate any feedback you have and suggestions on topics that you’d like to learn more about. What challenges do you face? Can you think of anything you’d like me write about? Feel free to contact me directly, or just comment on this post.

To stay focused, it helps to limit the number of priorities you have at any given time. Three priorities is the maximum for me. I don’t want to get overwhelmed, and I can always make adjustments as needed. What important priorities do you have? What small, manageable steps can you take now? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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  1. My priorities are my pets: 3 cats and 2 ponies. They sustain and revitalize me, my spirit, hopes and dreams. I like to think I have that effect on theirs, too! We are here for each other–totally, unconditionally. Of course, I’d like more Human friends, too. Feels quite lonely sometimes but then my furry friends come to the rescue and all is well!

    Enjoy your blogs, Cliff. Keep ’em comin’!

  2. Hi Phyll,

    I know exactly how you feel about your pets. I’ve had pets all of my life. They are very comforting! Isn’t it true that we do more for our pets then we do for ourselves?

    Thank you for your comment about my blog posts! Please tell others about it!

    Are there any topics that you’d like me to write about?

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