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Discovering Your Purpose – What Does it Mean?

June 16, 2010

Clay WheelI am reading a lot on the internet today about discovering your purpose. The idea seems connected to, finding our authentic self, and it could be just another way of expressing it. In my mind, they are interrelated issues. Finding our place in the Universe is one way I have heard it put. Many are referring to success when it comes to the issue of our purpose. I think that finding a purpose is far too oversimplified. We may need to step back and look at the smaller details of our lives, and realize that we have always lived “on” purpose.

The primitive question of why we are here seems answered, by measuring success. In addition, many imply that by finding your passion in life, you will be happy. The idea of finding our purpose in life seems out of proportion, to me. This may be because I have not discovered my soul purpose for being on this earth. It may be though that I see the purpose in each day, and my intention is to flourish. Today I managed to make another person smile. Yesterday I prospered helping another with their website.

This is a good reason for counting our blessings and knowing the many small accomplishments of our lifetime. What purpose has your life served? What have you contributed to society as a whole? The answer is LOTS. Each time you affected another person or connected with a new part of yourself, you were living on purpose. Even some of our trivial adversities have had a purpose enabling us to live closer to our intention.

Sandra Hendricks, EzineArticles.com Expert AuthorSome of the material available today concerning this issue may be doing more harm than good. Finding the best parts of yourself and the joy of living is what it means to me. The problem with the ideas surrounding this subject is that it can indicate that if you are uncertain, you are misplaced. It can leave you feeling that until you know what you are good for, you are of little value to society.


7 Comments to “Discovering Your Purpose – What Does it Mean?”

  1. Sandra you make some great points in this article. I think that finding our purpose, passion, or authentic self should be more about reconnecting with our birthright – which is unlimited potential to have, do, or be anything we choose. We all have a great deal to offer each and every day. But, as most of us grow up, we have limits placed on us. And then eventually because of those limits, we become less than we are meant to be. Our dreams fall by the wayside because we spend far too much time seeking validation or acceptance from others for what we do. We try so hard to be part of the herd that we leave our individuality behind. And this is where not having a purpose, passion, or being authentic becomes the issue.

    .-= Shonda Taylor´s last blog ..How-To Surrender =-.

    • Sandra says:

      Thank you for commenting Shonda, it is nice to have your observations on Give & Get. I know too many people who feel that they have already served their purpose on this earth, mostly elderly people. It is sad when we label something that is as special as life. When life achievements instead of living life to the fullest, each day are the main concern.

  2. Dia says:

    Very nice Sandra, we should look as we have a purpose every single day. Sometimes, we help people without really knowing that we offered some help or guidance. Unfortunately, most people don’t count the small accomplishments and contributions they offer.

    .-= Dia´s last blog ..How patient are you? =-.

  3. Russ Hamel says:

    Great article Sandra! Too many people go through life thinking they are insignificant due to the nurturing (or more properly, lack thereof) they have endured. This alone is enough proof that we certainly do have a TREMENDOUS IMPACT on others!

    Years ago, there was a television commercial that showed kindness being transmitted from one person to another via a simple smile. Ultimately, those people passed it on to THEIR chain of influence and by the end of the day, the number of people that were effected by that one initial smile was staggering. Can you say, “Butterfly Effect”?

    Very few people will ever get to hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th to win a World Series baseball championship! (Without Googling, can you name the last person who did that? If you can’t, it just proves that achievements alone don’t carry much value)

    Sadly, even fewer people realize that their smile or kind word can have such a profound effect. I’m 56 years old, but I can still remember like it was yesterday, the words of encouragement by one particular teacher I had in high school. The man profoundly effected the course of my life with mere words! And I, in turn… well, you know where I’m going with this, right?

    Always remember the GREATNESS of your life. The fact that you are living MEANS SOMETHING to someone, who in turn will mean something to someone, and on infinitum. And YOU get to determine that meaning.


    All the best from Toronto,
    .-= Russ Hamel´s last blog ..Bring Back the Big Stick! =-.

  4. Frank says:

    Sandra, I agree that finding a purpose is a great commission and challenge and the multitude of us may be going about it the wrong way. Unfortunately as a human we are driven to go for the thing that will give us the most joy, what will make us happiest and what will require the least amount of effort. At least I know I do. But purpose goes so far beyond your feelings and beyond your hopes and dreams and gets into the core of what you are created to do. Now what that is…. is not a easy task to discover. I hope to find some good material that can lead me down that path of enlightenment. Thanks for your thoughts and you have a great looking site.

    .-= Frank´s last blog ..If I Ruled the World =-.

    • Sandra says:

      Hi Frank,

      Good luck on your journey to enlightenment, and may you discover what you are seeking.