“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness…” ~ Dalai Lama
Purpose in life? What is yours? What is mine?
Maybe we are looking at it the wrong way?
I (and maybe you too?) tend to wonder what is my purpose in life? Why am I here, How am I here? What does God intend for me? How do I fulfill my purpose? The questions continue... Do you sometimes feel the same way?
So What Is Your Purpose in Life?
Spoiler alert! I'm not going to tell you exactly what is your purpose in life, I cannot answer that question, only God knows and you will only find out as you continue on your journey! But The Gatsby is along for the journey with you...
Purpose: is such a diverse word, maybe we are looking at it too broadly?
Purpose = Multiple Things (Not Just a Single Purpose)
Your purpose is not just one thing, always remember that! Although you may make one, two, three, or more big contributions in your lifetime to a certain person, area, field of study, or job. Your purpose is really a combination of a multiple of simple things throughout your lifetime. Some so small that you may take for granted, or you think don't have any impact or meaning on someone, but really they do! It could be as small as a simple smile towards a stranger you pass by on the street, that could reverberate a hundred times over throughout the day, spreading joy and happiness to people you don't even know! It's that remarkable!
Your Purpose is Your LIFE!
Your purpose is not a certain job or task you need to complete in your lifetime, it's living a meaningful/peaceful/loving life to benefit and glorify God! Remember, no matter what you do, do not embarrass him with your actions or talk, but embrace the love and happiness and spread it all those around you!
You live a life like no one else here on earth. YES, that is true! Stop and think for a second, has anyone else lived your life? wore the same clothes? worked at the exact same place? had the same friends? had the same exact interests? sounded the same? looked the same? laughed the same? smiled the same? the answer is NO, so the answer is to LIVE and Spread Love, & Be Yourself!
“The purpose of life is not to be only happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your Purpose on Earth
Your purpose on earth isn't the end of your life, it's only the beginning! What you do on earth may impact one, or ten, hundreds, or thousands, or even more in your lifetime or future, who knows. Remember, what you believe and practice will also impact yourself and what happens beyond your life on earth too, never forget that! Don't Look at your purpose on earth as one big thing, but as a series of little things you do throughout your lifetime. A series of unintentional little things you do throughout your life on a day-to-day basis that a positively impacts all those around you and beyond!
So What is Your Purpose?
Well again, I can't answer what your "exact big purpose" that God intends for you, but I do know that your purpose also consists of many small things that God intends for you to spread and rejoice in! Such examples are; being a good friend, faithful husband or loving wife, reliable & responsible person, a role-model, a great community member, a peacemaker, an optimistic person, a joyful, caring, loving, hopeful person to others around you, a trusting/honest soul, being humble with what you have, & so much more! All these "little things" you take for granted everyday, which make you a "good" part of society is a HUGE part of your purpose here on earth.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.” ~ Dalai Lama
I hope you spread JOY, LOVE, CARE, HELP, HOPE, PEACE, FAITH, TRUST, HONESTY, HAPPINESS, during your "time on earth". As long as your are part of the "Good" of society as you live and breathe here on earth, then you are fulfilling part of your God given PURPOSE! So are you being beneficial/helpful towards others? Or are you being negative/pessimistic (bringing others down with your actions or even worse... your "talk" or words?)
I encourage you to find what lies within you...find LOVE & Happiness. Don't be afraid to spread it to all those around you. Don't be afraid to reach out, speak out, take a chance, a leap of faith perhaps? and truly experience this beautiful ride we call "life on earth."
One Last Thought...
I encourage to stop measuring everything. You can't measure everything, so don't try to. You can't sum up your purpose in one thought or sentence, (at least I hope not) because it consists of a series of unintentional little day-to-day things that inspire/impact those around you. It's time to start spreading the Good Word & Love!
Stop looking for the beginning of your fairy tale ending and start writing your own story.... experience life & positively impact everyone you meet along the way!
Remember, What you've done or will do in your life may change what someone else is doing in his/her life, and it changes everything! It's so amazing.. LOVE