I woke up at four o’clock in the morning with the above line in my head, maybe because I’d gone to bed after watching the Tony Awards and had Broadway lodged in my brain. Or it could’ve been the realization that we spend way too much of our time rotating at the speed of the people around us.

As a kid, I loved merry-go-rounds. My friends and I would hold onto the bars and race around in circles until jumping on became enough of a challenge. But then as my buddies held onto the bars and found comfort in shared rotation, I would always look for the first opportunity to jump off.

That’s how it is with wanting to live your purpose in a world that expects and rewards shared rotation. You find your own rotational speed and want to jump off the merry-go-round, but the folks around you are hanging on for dear life. So you squeeze the bars a little tighter and pull back from the edge of your purpose.

It takes courage to break away from the gravitational pull of the folks who want you to live their version of a successful life. But the alternative is to ride around in circles as your purpose comes into view and then quickly disappears.

If shared rotation has carried you past your purpose, don’t give up! Because as long as you’re intentional, it will eventually come back into view. Loosen your grip on the bars and glance over the edge as it approaches. Feel your Soul-energy nudging you gently from behind, because It and you are now united. Then jump off the merry-go-round and into your reason for being.

You, and our world, will be blessed by your courage.