August 11, 2020

Live Your Purpose. Go For It!

Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. Rumi.

In our COVID-19, changing, challenging world, many today are looking for purpose, something ‘to latch on to,’ something that makes sense with what they’re doing in their daily lives, at home and in the work place.

But here’s the thing. Inherently, there is no purpose in our lives – we have to find it ourselves.

Very few of us are Mozarts. We’ve got to become explorers if we are to find our individual answers. Finding your purpose is not a one-off event. It’s a process of trial and error, a personal inquiry that leads to a continual search until you find it, however long that may take.

But it’s important because meaning or purpose gives you courage. It fires up your imagination and fosters the energy you need to “get out there” every morning.

Regardless of what triggers the inquiry or wherever you happen to be on your journey, something happens to awaken your consciousness to the fact you realize that you are all caught up in a life that is no longer yours.

For any number of reasons, you find your experience, education and observation have started to converge, and life is suddenly coming together in a manner it never had before. You sense the need to take a fresh look at your life, to take stock about what you’re doing and who you are.

There’s no simple answer to this search. I wish I could say there is, but there isn’t.

It all starts with listening. In her book, In America, Susan Sontag wrote that “Each of us carries a room within ourselves, waiting to be furnished and peopled and, if you listen closely, you may need to silence everything in your own room, you can hear the sounds of that other room inside your head.”

Seeking silence involves finding a place and time where you be quiet, where you can just sit for a period of time and have a honest talk with your soul…. and ask yourself a number of serious questions: Start with these:

  1. Am I being honest with myself about the direction of my life?
  2. Am I proud of myself?
  3. What value am I bringing – to my relationships, my work, and any other areas where I need to show up and contribute?
  4. Am I living up to my full potential or sting on my laurels?
  5. Is what I’m doing right now moving me away from or towards my highest aspirations?

These are serious questions. No one but you can answer them, but over time, you’ll arrive at something that just feels right. When you find it, grab it! Run with it!

Living on purpose is a game changer. It isn’t for everybody but you’re not everybody. Keep believing in yourself. Trust yourself. Undoubtedly there will be some trying days. And it won’t always be easy, (no body ever promised that) but when you do, you’ll never look back.

Stay safe. Start strong. Stay connected.







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