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Are You a Product of Nature or Nurture? Understanding the Factors That Shaped Who We Are

Are you a product of your nature or how you’ve been nurtured?

As a teenager, I had an ongoing good-natured debate with my mother about whether or not, people were a product of nature or nurture. She was a science teacher so, she argued the Nature side – that people were born with genetic predispositions. I studied psychology so, I argued the Nurture side – that it was the environments people lived in, particularly when they were a child that shaped who they were.

But now, I’ve come to realize that we were both right – both what you are born with and your environment shape who you are. Learning how to make the most of what you were born with by creating an environment where you will thrive is the essence of the Journey to Your Soul’s Home®.

On the nature side, you were born with a purpose – your soul’s purpose and you were given unique talents to carry out that purpose.  

On the nurture side, creating a home where your talents will thrive is critical to living your soul’s purpose. You can think of it like this. Your soul’s purpose is what nature gave you – your predisposition. Your Soul’s Home® is the environment that will  nurture your soul’s purpose.

The two have a direct relationship so as you focus on your environment, your ability to live your soul’s purpose increases and as you focus on your purpose, improvements to your environment will flow. Allow your focus to shift back and forth between the two as your soul feels moved and eventually, you will be fully living your soul’s purpose and be living in a home that fully supports your purpose. This is the Journey to Your Soul’s Home®.

If you feel moved, write about your journey below because sharing is good for your soul. Next time, we’ll look at how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs fits into the Journey to Your Soul’s Home®.

Until next week, I wish you well on your journey.  

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