Step One Hundred and Sixty-Five
Step 165. My Duties Are Small. My Mission Is Great.
Remember that all confusion is the confusion of different levels. Do not confuse mission with duty. This is a very important distinction for you to make. Your tasks in the world are specific, but your mission is far greater. As your mission begins to express itself within you who are learning to receive it, it will create a more specific influence upon your duties as well. This is gradual and entirely natural for you. This merely requires that you be self-disciplined, consistent and trusting enough to follow its steps.
Therefore, carry out your duties today so that you may be a beginning student of Knowledge. Remind yourself of your practice upon the hour, and in your two longer practice periods, actively engage your mind in considering the idea for today. Its true meaning is not superficial, and you must investigate it to understand its full value. Do not be complacent with premature conclusions. Do not stand on the outside of Knowledge and attempt to judge it for yourself. Enter into it so that you may be a student today, for you are now a student of Knowledge. You are now giving yourself to the world in your preparation.
Practice 165: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
The key for me today is when I feel a sense of lightness and joy as I perform my duties, no resistance or dissatisfaction. When a duty is accompanied by a sense that all is right in the world, I feel confident that it is backed by Knowledge and serving my greater mission.
Duties are what we engage in to function in the physical world, they are small but necessary, while our mission comes from beyond this world, from our spiritual core, it was given to us before we came into the world, so it is great in the sense of being beyond the realm of the physical, finite world and having an infinite, expansive and much more far-reaching scope. Duties are for our separate selves, while mission is for the part of us that is not apart from life (Step 11).