I have been focusing on life’s purpose because I changed my profession after 17 years of service. I loved my job and though it changed with the political climate, I knew that I needed to find a new groove.
Four months into this new pattern has been tainted with the unknown, the unexpected and the learning curves which come with adaptation.
So yes, I have questioned myself in this new setting:
-What is my life’s purpose?
-What am I here to do?
-How am I to contribute to make a difference.
-Is this the right thing for me?
These internal conversations have created within me a push- pull effect and the need to investigate ‘life’s purpose’.
I’ve been meditating on it. Thinking that it might dawn on me as one singular thing. It isn’t so neat and tidy nor well defined. For purpose comes in attitude. Integrated in the way that you choose to live your life daily and connected very much to your values.
I find comfort in the experiences of those who have come before and, in the words, left for us to discover.
“But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that man had the greatest courage, the courage to suffer.” Viktor E Frankl Man’s Search for Meaning
“The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have made some difference that you lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I thought that finding your life’s purpose was about finding the right job, career path, topic of interest, that somehow transported you to a place where energy and intention mould into a space that fits comfortably with the sense of who you are. I am discovering that what I choose to do will reward me any way and will bring opportunity regardless of choice, because of the way I approach and dedicate myself to it- the security is in knowing that I have an income to provide for my family. Even letting this limiting belief go might bring opportunities that I have not yet realised.
If I were to leave a job, make room for offering the world my own sense of purpose, I need to plan this through and be prepared to work in a very different way. If I stay in a job, then I need to be prepared to follow the rules and values of a large corporation which will align to a certain extent with my own needs, though I will need to compromise my intent to manage the intentions of the organisation. Within this draw relevant boundaries, so that my sense of self is also preserved. What I learn here will be what I also take with me – it’s the attitude of purpose that I can bring to this and align it with my own sense of what’s important.
“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain
Not shrink to a grain of sand
Henceforth I will apply all my efforts
To become the highest mountain of all
And I will strain my potential until it cries mercy.” Og Mandino
“Life is a promise, fulfill it” Mother Teresa
The way we live. The way we approach the opportunities we have – fulfils the purpose.
Whatever we choose to do – it does not matter, for it is in way that we embark, embrace, enable and open to it and make it our own story.
As Paulo Coelho states “When we seek to find depth, outgrowing the old and approaching the new seeking to discover, to uncover, to be surprised by what we learn and then this will start to align with truth, as we make our own meaning, creating our stories of what’s important. Where we place the heart, there will find the treasure.”
Embark- go there any way. Give it passion. Be useful, honourable, and compassionate. Be prepared to be the one who does the work and do it with integrity and this is the purpose and the honourable act of service.
When we approach our life in this way then it is enough to live with purpose and whatever opportunity then will be the perfect avenue for this expression.