Do You Know your Mission? (Cont’d) Everyone has a unique mission or purpose that only he or she can fulfill. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can sit around and wait for the answer to come to you or that someone will tell you what it is. It’s by challenging yourself that you will eventually discover your mission. Our lives are like mountains concealing precious gems. Precious gems are buried underground. If they are not mined, they’ll stay buried. And if they aren’t polished once they have been dug out, they will remain forever in the rough.
Do You Know your Mission? (Cont’d) What a shame it would be to end your life without having uncovered your inner jewel! When someone pushes you to work harder, it is because they know that by plunging into any area that interests you, you can unearth the jewel in your life. Tenacity is crucial. You can’t make the jewel inside you shine with half hearted efforts. You have the right to decide what type of job you want to do; there are many options. And if you can’t decide, then start out with a job you can get easily, something you are familiar with. That way you can gain experience and find out what you’re good at.
Do You Know your Mission? (Cont’d) Getting a job is just the starting point in uncovering your true ability – it is absolutely not the final goal. There is no need to be impatient. It is important to make your way up the mountain of life steadily, without rushing or giving up. What’s vital is to challenge yourself in something. Then as you make consistent efforts, the direction you should take will open up before you quite naturally. It’s important therefore to have the courage to ask yourself what you should be doing at this very moment.
Do You Know your Mission? (Cont’d) The key in other words, is to climb the mountain that is right before you. As you ascend its slopes, you will develop your muscles, increasing your endurance. Such training will enable you to challenge still higher mountains. When you reach the summit, wide new horizons will stretch out before you and, little by little, you will understand your mission. Those who know they have a unique mission are strong. They’ll be able to transform their problems into catalysts for growth. -Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, President, Soka Gakkai International, A lay Buddhist organization (TOI, Friday, Mar 6 ,2009)