Why do we have to spend our lives striving to be something we would never want to be, if we only knew what we wanted? Why do we waste our time doing things which, if we only stopped to think about them, are just the opposite of what we were made for?
James Martin. Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints (Christian Classics) (Kindle Locations 178-180). Kindle Edition.
A tree does not have to figure out what kind of tree it is. It is the tree it was made to be.
But we humans have to TAKE THE TIME to discover our true selves.
This is part of the work of the spiritual life.
Don't waste your time being what you are not.
Don't waste your life being what you think others want you to be.
And God will smile!