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Day 115: The Value of Purpose

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“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”- Bishop T. D, Jakes

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”- Bishop T. D, Jakes

Bishop T. D. Jakes

The definition of a purpose is a goal or intention. That’s the basics behind a purpose driving goal to do something. Like saving your money for a vacation. But what about personal purpose, who I am, what I’m good at, why do I exist? What is my purpose, and how do I figure it out? I think we can go through a lifetime searching outside of ourselves for our purpose and never seeing what comes to us so naturally. What are we best at doing? Where do our passions lie? When we are working in the areas that we do best, there’s a kind of synchronicity of events that come about, leading us into the opportunities that express our purpose. Sometimes we don’t even see what is happening until we find ourselves smack in the middle of what feels like our place of belonging.

The value in purpose is what we learn about ourselves and how we put it into effect. Our purpose is our shared effort to bring the better good into the world. It is what we are created to do, and that makes each one of us pretty unique.

Reflection: I am grateful for my purposeful writing that has touched and made a difference in so many lives and for what it has taught me about myself as well.

“Living A Purposeful New Year”

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I love the beginning of a new year. It’s as if once a year we give ourselves permission to start with a clean slate. It’s our opportunity to shed the layers of last year. Just like a snake does when it’s outgrown its skin. Leaving behind all the things that weigh and constrict us from moving forward with greater ease. The trick is, to let it go, and not drag those layers along with us. I started thinking the day after Christmas about all the changes and resolutions I was going to make for the coming new year. As my list grew, I came across a quote from Rumi that put it all into perspective for me.

“There is one thing in the world that we must never forget to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there’s nothing to worry about, but if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in your life… That work is the purpose, and each is specific to the person.”

Hum! Purpose! What is my purpose? And at what point in my life am I going to put that purpose into effect? As soon as I start asking these kinds of question the guidance comes in one form or another. I realize that it doesn’t matter how many times I wonder if I don’t open myself to the answer completely. I then think back over my life. What have learned? What do I do the best? What do I do that gives me the most joy?  Where do the compliments come from? What things do people thank me for? 

As I contemplate the questions and really take the time to consider them. I thought my purpose was simply to be the person God created me to be. But then I realized that wasn’t my purpose. That’s what my meaning in life is, to discover who I am in relation to my creator. Within that meaning lies the key to my purpose. Like the song goes, looking for love in all the wrong places, we go through a lifetime searching for our meaning and purpose everywhere else… except inside ourselves. What we come to discover deep down inside is that we’ve always known who we are, and what we have to offer the world. We just can’t see it until we get out of our own way long enough to touch the depth of our soul where we see a mirror reflection of ourselves through the eyes of God.

So, my new year’s resolution and intent are to practice living a more purposeful driven life. Asking myself along this 2019 journey how does my purpose fit into the changes I want to make in my life. If I find myself putting more effort into the project then the purpose, I can always gage it by how off balance I’ll feel. The beauty of new beginnings is that we don’t have to wait for a new year to start all over again. They begin the moment we put them into effect. 

May your New Year be blessed with all your hearts desires as well as peace and love.