Do you believe you have a purpose? I
believe you do. I believe we all do. However, genuine purpose is not about the
acquiring of wealth, fame, or power, but a much deeper role that strengthens
the human spirit in those we personally and professionally interact with each
day. Purpose is recognizing and believing your life has meaning. It is revealed
to you by reflecting on the ongoing collection of your life's experiences, and
how those experiences have created the personal character traits you possess
Taking ownership for your successes, failures, trials, and tribulations
is the cornerstone to initiate the development of your purpose. To not be
personally accountable for your life exhausts any possibility to have a sense
of purpose, because you negate your role in your own future. To blame others,
or the world around you, for your lack of purpose is the purest of excuses. If
you truly believe others and the world are to blame for your misery, you will
forever be miserable. As a result, a belief you have no purpose is inevitable.
It is what you learn from those experiences that allow you to understand the
role you have in being of service to others. It is through that service to
others, not service to self, that will ultimately define your purpose.
substantiate your purpose you must also believe you have the ability to share
and teach what you have learned from those life lessons, and how they have
enabled you to be a better you. The events in your life that take personal
courage, resiliency, perseverance, self-discipline, compassion, empathy and
humility are moments that contribute to the development of your character, and
the core values that form the direction for your life. They make you a stronger
person. The result of each life experience creates a teaching opportunity. It
is the comprehensive understanding, and application of those teaching
opportunities that will construct your purpose.
Passion is another element that
contributes to establishing a belief that you matter, i.e. a sense of purpose.
What are your life's passions, or another way of asking that question, what
would you like to learn the most? Always remember, and embrace the
understanding that “you teach best in life what you want to learn the
most." What you want to learn the most will spark your greatest
passions, and your greatest joy will be to share those passions with others.
The more passion you have for what you wish to learn, and subsequently share,
the more meaningful your life will be because it invigorates your joy for
living. The more meaningful your life, the greater sense of purpose you have.
On a macro level, in order to have a more thoughtful world it is imperative
that there is a congruent sense of purpose among humanity. That purpose being
to better the world through acting on ethical values that create unity, human
decency, fairness, and a moral foundation of understanding of what we have more
in common as a people than different. Congruence is defined as, "the
quality or state of agreeing or corresponding". Congruence of purpose
certainly does not exist in the most powerful halls of government and business
as evidenced by the continual global political, economical and social chaos
that we witness daily. Genuine purpose does not require power, greed or
politics, but rather an understanding that meaningful purpose is for the
greater good of the many, not the self-interested desires of the few. Be a
purposeful person by being congruent with other purposeful people. Although it
may hard to fathom you can change the world alone, I do believe we can change
the world for the better together.
Believe you matter because you, your family, your community and the world will benefit because of your purposeful service to others. Without a sense of purpose you are less motivated to create the life you wish for, because you have minimal understanding of the reason behind your life. Purpose provides the drive to believe and become more than you are, and to also believe that your existence is congruent with others in making the world a better place. Being an instrument of goodness in all you do is a purpose worth living for.