When Albert Lost His Passion

At the age of 70, Albert Einstein retired. He felt that he had achieved all his life’s goals and the work he wanted to do; however, he didn’t set any new goals for his retirement. He soon became depressed and lost his enthusiasm for life. Even the simple things, like taking his dog for a walk, no longer interested him.

 He lost his lust for life because he no longer had a sense of purpose. 

One day he realised that perhaps there were some things left in life that he could contribute to. He became involved in a plan to control the destructive use of atomic power and develop peacetime uses for it instead. He had found a new purpose and it helped him come alive in his retirement. He made breakthroughs in medical and electrical uses for atomic power and delivered speeches on the topic around the world, stirring up interest for his cause.

He even started walking his dog again.

In life you have an inner purpose and an outer purpose. Your outer purpose in life, which is what you ‘do’, but what is your inner purpose?

I believe your outer purpose helps you find your inner purpose. When you are doing something you really love and are passionate about, you will notice that it is easy to be in the present moment, feeling happy and content. It is in this state that you achieve a higher consciousness, allowing you to tap into your creativity and internal power, serving your inner purpose.

When you are anxious, stressed or depressed, this is a sign that you are cut off from this power. These emotions make it impossible to stay in the present moment and connect with your higher consciousness. If you are in a career that you do not enjoy, or your life has become stagnant, then it becomes almost impossible to find that inner peace and connection with your true self.

It is the connection of inner purpose and outer purpose that can truly help you find peace and happiness in life. When you find what it is that you are destined to do in your life you get in the ‘flow’. This is a space where you lose track of time and lose yourself in the task at hand. Work is interesting, fun and exciting.

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7 Responses to When Albert Lost His Passion

  1. Kimberly says:

    Nice connections. Thanks!

  2. Hi Tracey… you are so right and wonderfully written! Loosing purpose does lead to depression and loss of connection with ourselves and important others. Career and our lives are areas of purpose, and the other ones include intimate relationship, parenting, family and community. When I was working on a suicide prevention project, the key terms were meaning, purpose and connection! This says it all!!!!

    Fantastic post
    Lots of love

  3. Kama says:

    I love this post, lots to reflect on! I really enjoyed reading about Einstein, so often we assume that a person will be ok because they have already achieved so much. A wonderful wake up call.

  4. Madonna says:

    Nice post Tracey. Yes, one might assume that if someone had achieved so much then they might be satisfied, but I suppose that for as long as we are alive, having a purpose is essential to good mental and emotional health.

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