Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us,
The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in,
The priest hath his fee who comes and shrives us,
We bargain for the graves we lie in;
At the devil's booth are all things sold,
Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold;
For a cap and bells our lives we pay.
Bubbles we buy with a whole soul's tasking,
'Tis heaven alone that is given away,
'Tis only God may be had for the asking,
No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.
—James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal, 1848
What happens when we scoop away and flush the gunk of victimhood built up inside us?
We feel empowered.
We feel a profound shift from helplessness to grounding. Control of our destinies rescued from the thousand slave drivers we gave our power to.
It is uncomfortable to accept that we have been living as victims for years on end. No one likes opening their eyes and acknowledging how much of ourselves we've given up. It can be incredibly uncomfortable to finally see how deep the victim mentality has permeated every aspect of our lives.
Yet, the moment we take responsibility, the edge of this discomfort is blunted, as we become empowered, and we see a new realm of possibility.
We now have the power to discover, admit to, or transform. .. our mission.
We've touched on passion, purpose, and mission. It's important to understand them.