Much angst and self-doubt comes from not being fully engaged, unsure, feeling ill-prepared, distracted.
The work we should all do is such that nothing can dissuade us from the mission. When we are inspired we are focused and energized and certain of our intent, certain of our purpose.
Like Ruth Bater Ginsberg, — “the Notorious RBG”, as a recent book title proclaimed her — as she faces cancer once again in her body, in her life. And all the while fulfilling her role on the highest court in the land, as Supreme Court Justice.
“I love my job. It’s the best and the hardest job that I have ever had, and it has kept me going through four cancer battles,” the justice told [Nina] Totenberg [during a decent interview]. “Instead of concentrating on my aches and pains, I just know that I have to read this set of briefs [or] go over the draft opinion. And so I have to somehow surmount whatever is going on in my body and concentrate on the court’s work.”
In other words, a little more colorful? Fuck cancer, I’ve got work to do, I’m fighting until the end.
Ginsberg maybe the pivotal voice from the left on the continuum of philosophies that exist on the US Supreme Court at present. There’s a lot riding on her focus, and her very survival. She seems fully up to the task.
She is focused and fearless and fully intent on doing her life’s work.
Would that we could all find our passion, our fundamental purpose, and pursue it with vigor and intent everyday. If we do that in life…? Call it GOOD.