Do you know your purpose? Some people spend their whole lives searching for their destiny, grasping for meaning in life quests and career aspirations. But what happens when your search is in vain? When your quest turns up empty? The assumption is that purpose is something to be obtained, but maybe we have it wrong. Perhaps we’re chasing an elusive dream because we shouldn’t be looking for, or even striving towards it–we should be living it.
Living on purpose.
Our failure to find our purpose may be that we’re looking for something that doesn’t exist, because we have to create it! This requires a shift in our thinking. We have to look within–to our intentions, values and beliefs–and let these guide our actions.
This means shifting our concept of purpose from something we get, to something we create. Then, the power is in our hands to achieve it! By living on purpose, we open up possibilities. It is no longer something that exists outside of us, something designed–or imposed by–others; it is something that we do that matters to us and benefits others. It is working to accomplish something meaningful.
Living on purpose looks like:
- a writer sending encouraging letters to imprisoned persons rather than publishing companies
- a musician playing his instrument in the park for the homeless, rather than patrons at a trendy restaurant
- an artist sharing samples of her work with hospital and nursing home patients, rather than exclusive art galleries.
The options are endless! When we live on purpose, any of our experiences –even our failures–can be re-created, into something beautiful and new . It’s about making choices that reflect our best and that make us (and others) better. Whatever our work is, if we do it with intention, we will accomplish the goals we set.
Then we can set new ones. Happy Monday!