Everyone needs a purpose. It adds meaning to life, so most people want to know the nature of their life purpose. How many people do you know who can state their life purpose clearly and succinctly, given that finding your purpose in life has nothing to do with a job role? Finding your life purpose is not the same as finding the right career path.
Recognising your right to a livelihood is vital for self preservation and physical survival. Seeking job satisfaction and fulfilment is a valid quest. It means your work is more than just a means to an end. Finding meaning and purpose in the work that you do, and being paid accordingly in that particular area of life does not equate to finding meaning and purpose in the whole of your life. That is a different quest. It requires a different question, and brings with it a very different answer.
Many people want to recognise their purpose because doing so will add more meaning to their lives.
After teaching and mentoring clients and students for most of my life, I can say that the meaning of life is universal and personal, and one of the quickest ways to access the meaning of life can be found through 3 important channels. They are love, service and healing.
Personal meaning is found when you love, serve and heal yourself and when you love, serve and heal others. If you don’t take good care of you, then you will be no use to anyone. If you don’t make a habit of self care, then you will not be able to care for others.
How, where, when and why you do this is up to you. It’s your choice. This is how you begin to personalise a universal purpose. Here are some questions to get you started.
- How will you love, serve and heal yourself?
- How will you love, serve and heal others?
- Where will you love, serve and heal yourself?
- Where will you love, serve and heal others?
- When will you love, serve and heal yourself?
- When will you love, serve and heal others?
- Why will you love, serve and heal yourself?
- Why will you love, serve and heal others?
You were born with the power of choice. You were born with free will at your disposal. But the pleasure cruise to your purpose stops there. You, and only you, can develop and strengthen your ability to carry on long after the novelty of fulfilling your purpose has worn off. Your motives behind your urge to love, serve and heal are important. When the going gets rough, and living your purpose is testing you to breaking point, your motives will sustain you when no-one else, and nothing else, can do it for you.
You can choose to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, from this point forward, and in all your interactions, to be loving, to be of service, and to bring healing to you, and into the world.