When you start sobbing at your desk

Hello and happy Monday! This is Susan Hyatt and it’s GO time. This is episode number 121.

Today’s podcast is very short, but I’ve got a beautiful question for you to think about. So keep listening for another two minutes and then we’re all done. Off you go, into your week. This will be short ’n sweet.

In this episode we’re talking about what makes you feel like, “OMG, I care about this SO MUCH, I can’t keep this emotion inside of my body. It’s coming out in the form of tears, laughter, a racing heart beat, trembling, excitement. I can’t bottle it up.”

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So, several times over the last few months, I’ve started sobbing at my desk. But not in a bad way. In a good way.

These were tears of gratitude. And other emotions too. Emotions that I don’t think even have names. Like, a sense of “Oh my god, I am so grateful that my work is having an impact on people… and I am so happy that my life has meaning and purpose… and I just want to keep doing this work that I’m doing… and sometimes the world is so beautiful… and I am so happy to be alive… and OMG gaaaaaaaah!” Like, you know. THAT kind of emotion. Maybe we should give that emotion a name. Maybe it could be: joyverwhelm.

This is such a stark contrast to the way I felt twelve years ago, back when I sold residential real estate for a living.

Being a realtor is a great job, of course, but it wasn’t the right job for me. Back then, I would sometimes start bawling on Sunday nights because I was so miserable and I didn’t want to go into work on Monday morning. I felt so much dread and exhaustion on Sundays. But now I cry for the opposite reason—because I feel overwhelmed with joy.

So here’s my question for you:

What do you care about so much it makes you cry?

Because whatever it is, that’s a big clue about your purpose in life.

Maybe you cry when you watch videos of babies and their parents.

Maybe you cry when you hear stories about immigrants coming to America, starting their own businesses, and building the American dream.

Maybe you cry when you watch home renovation TV shows because you love seeing couples create their dream home.

Maybe you cry when you get certain kinds of emails or texts from your clients.

What moves you? What makes you feel like, “OMG, I care about this SO MUCH, I can’t keep this emotion inside of my body. It’s coming out in the form of tears, laughter, a racing heart beat, trembling, excitement. I can’t bottle it up.”

Whatever it is, pay close attention, because you were born to do that kind of work.

And when I say “work,” I’m not saying you need to start your own business or change your job, necessarily. There are many ways to fulfill your purpose in life. It might look like a business, or a job, or if it might look like a volunteer project, a community project, an art project, a book that you write, a project with a church group or another spiritual group, or a project that you do at home with your family. Fulfilling your purpose can take many forms.

Whatever makes you cry happy, grateful tears…. whatever makes you cry tears of “Oh my god I care about this so much”… tears of joyverwhelm… find a way to bring more of those activities and projects into your life.

When you’re sobbing into your laptop, or sobbing into your phone, or sobbing all over your desk because your heart is overflowing, that’s when you know, “I know what I was put on this earth to do. I am on the right path.”

If you’ve found that path, or even just a tiny hint of what that path might be… stay on it.

It’s GO time.


Susan Hyatt

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