Many of us find it difficult in finding our life purpose. There’s so much to do, so many places to see, and lives on which we want to leave a mark, but let’s face it – life is pretty short. You stumble upon something that could be your life purpose, just to be distracted by something else you should be doing, and then you’re lost again as to what your life purpose should be and before you know it, the only thing you’re doing is spinning your wheels trying to figure out what you should be doing.
Therein lies the crux of the matter: We assume that we should only be doing one thing for the rest of our lives in order for it to qualify as a life purpose.
Life Purpose Comes From Multiple Passions
Perhaps it is time to redefine our perspective of life purpose in order to create space for multiple passions. Eleanor Roosevelt says it best: “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
After all, life is rich and full and extremely versatile. The world doesn’t stand still. It doesn’t stop somewhere and say “that’s it – you’ve arrived,” no – it keeps on moving, making new experiences available, providing fresh opportunities. It’s only natural that your perspective will shift and there’s no need to feel like a traitor when you shift your attention to something else that your soul is reaching for in the moment. That’s also not to say that you can’t return to your first passion after some time. Purpose is flexible.
Life Purpose & Goals
Growing up, we have goals, but being young, many of us have not experienced enough in life to have formed a set-in-stone purpose by our 20s. True purpose often comes from having incredible emotional reactions to events, situations, or experiences. It comes from seeing things where we feel we can make a difference.
That’s what happened to a friend of mine who had a vision to start a sanctuary for less fortunate people. She dreamed of a place where she would build homes, schools, clinics, and food halls for the people. Her plan was to provide everything these people needed to heal, physically and emotionally, including counseling and training that would empower them to live the lives of their dreams on a spiritual and practical level. She even had a property in mind. However, there was one snag: she was homeless!
After years of working hard to pull herself and her family out of their own financial situation and growing on a spiritual level, all the while agonizing over the fact that there were so many people who needed her whom she simply couldn’t help, she was tired. It had been a monumental effort that used up much of her physical and emotional energy and time and she only had enough left to keep her family’s life ticking over and get from one day to the next.
However, something amazing happened. A celebrity she followed on Facebook, and with whom she had interacted a few times on a personal level, had the same vision. The only difference is that the celebrity had the clout needed to raise the money, get the necessary permits, and generally just make it all happen. The first homeless people moved in early December and the sanctuary has expanded to include a museum, beautiful little homes, a farmer’s market, and much more.
People are starting to hope again for a better future and little children are smiling. My friend is overjoyed at the fact that her vision has been realized, despite the fact that her generous donations are her only commitment to the cause.
What’s the point? The energy you send to your dreams and goals is enough to make it happen. Sometimes, the change you want to see may not come directly from you, but if your purpose is altruistic, that would not matter – you would just be happy that it is happening.
Living Your Purpose
You probably have some ideas as to who you want to be and what you want to be and how you want to spend your time. Put that into action and live your purpose fully and unbound.
1. Dreams + Daily Action = Results
2. Forget about what you SHOULD be doing (what your head says) and starting asking what you WANT to be doing (what your heart says) instead.
3. Forget about the ONE purpose and start embracing all that you can be.
Are you living your purpose? How did you find your life purpose?