A few months ago, I discovered this new hobby — lying alone outside watching the night sky move, wishing I got a Canon Powershot G16 to shoot a time lapse video of the night sky and shoot the star trails. (Pardon the side promotion! :D). Spending alone time with myself had always been a luxury for me even if it’s really not because the unobstructed thinking space has always been priceless and star gazing is fun, right?.
I’m pretty sure we’re all familiar of the famous Big Dipper and Little Dipper constellation, are we? I’ve probably saw it more than a hundred times so nothing is too special there. But, a recent encounter with the Little Dipper changed a few of my perspectives about life in particular as my eyes trailed to the end of its handle pointing to the Polaris, the NORTH STAR. I was reminded of the book “Finding Your North Star” that I bought last year which I haven’t opened yet (which reminded me to put that on the reading list) and found myself pondering on the question "Have I found my North Star?"
The North Star, being the brightest, served as a guide to those who traverse the sea. Once they see the North Star, they would know where they are heading. The same concept also applies in life. If we know what we want, if we know our life’s purpose, if we have a clear vision and mission in life, if we are able to clearly identify our non-negotiable personal core values, our own strengths and weaknesses, then, we would know where we are going. I remember one of my mentors telling me how having "Clarity leads to Power" and how this power of clarity will give us the ability to do or act in order to attain the success that we want. We may have written our life goals, but if there is no deeper purpose behind it, life will feel hollow and we won’t be able to experience the alignment of our dreams with our reality.
Symbolically speaking, finding the North Star is also about finding God and acknowledging His presence in our everyday lives. This reminded me of the seeds that fell on rocky grounds in the parable of the sower (Matt 13:20-21). Same with having a deeper purpose in all things we do, if our spiritual roots are not anchored deeply, we are easily discouraged, we are easily lost. Yet, to hope in the Lord means to be firm and to endure despite any obstacle. I was also reminded of the story of Jonah and God’s message to him (Jonah 11). Jonah’s story is our story as each of us is called for a divine purpose. Like Jonah, we sometimes run away from God’s call when we decide what’s best for us and when we stick to our own plans. But God always has his own way of redirecting us so that we can find our true North, so we can experience the perfect alignment of His plans with our plans. So as what I always say every time God gives me a whack in the head, “when God changes your heart, be willing to change your plans.”
To find your North Star is to ask quality questions. What on earth am I here for? What is my mission? What’s important to me? Those are just some. Because at the end of the day, the quality of your life will depend on the quality of questions that you ask yourself. I wish you luck in finding your Polaris. :)