Gift from Your Child-Self

Wondering about your true passion and life-purpose? Each one of us has a true inner guide who knew our answers all along. After all, the blueprint for passion is set early for most of us. That blueprint shows up where we felt our greatest sense of belonging as children–in the natural world, with books, music, dressing up, building things, organizing tree house clubs, or finding new and dangerous adventures.

Find out what your own inner child has to tell you about your soulís true purpose, here:

Here are some examples:

The authorís sister was forever in the creek behind their house. Only in mud and plants, with frogs and snakes for company, was she completely at home. Today she has found her passion as a wetlands ecologist–not such a far cry from her play in their childhood creek.

Another friend enjoyed her greatest moments of belonging while listening to her grandmother tell stories. It was the deep listening that totally engaged her. Today she is a talented therapist healing people through her gift of listening deeply to their stories.

What were you passionate about early in your story? What was your original joy? At the deepest level, our passion is in close relationship with what is essential in life. Ironically, finding and living your passion have a close relationship with the questions you will ask at the end of your life: Did I love well? How have I touched the people at work, at home, and in my community? Have I given my best? Who, what, and how you love is inextricably bound to your passion.

Adapted from Enlightened Power, edited by Linda Coughlin, Ellen Wingard, and Keith Hollihan (Jossey-Bass, 2005).


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T5 years ago

Thank you..

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Stupid. I wish I could finally kill my child-self and grow up.

Paula G.
Paula G5 years ago

As a child I was an early and avid reader. It became my dream to be "an author" by the time I was in grade 4. So many things got in the way but finally my fingers fly across the keyboard as I create. Such a wonderful gift.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

The best gift you can give your inner child is to love them unconditionally and play with them often!

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

food for thought definitely

Nessa Sandel
Nessa S5 years ago

i very much loved flowers and tending the family garden, i loved being creative and making things for people to enjoy. today i am a florist and i also crochet, sew, and make of homemade lotions for people. its not much and honestly i dont make much money out of it... but i love to do all i do!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago


K s Goh
KS G7 years ago

Thanks for the article.