Monday Musings Twenty-nine: Your Life Purpose

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Your Life Purpose

Have you ever found yourself wondering what it’s all about? Asking why you’re alive? What your purpose is? Well, the good news is that you’re far from alone. Most of us have found ourselves in this exact place at least once (usually more). Unless still young and trouble free, I guarantee that questions such as the above will have visited you. And, unless you find your answer, they will continue to do so.

For many of us, our lives can seem insignificant and small. After all, what have I ever done that’s so special? What legacy will I leave behind? Will anyone even remember me?

Stop. These are the wrong questions. Or, rather, not the most helpful.

It isn’t about what a person has to show for a life but how they lived that life. Kind or cruel? Angry or peaceful? Greedy or grateful? Hatred or love? Fast-flowing stream or stagnant pond?

‘Don’t worry about trying to find your life purpose. Instead, start by acting on the small things that excite you each day. These are the threads that will connect you to your path, passion, and purpose in life.’

Ruben Chavez

If we feel discontent, then we have not yet found our purpose.Zen Stones for Monday Musings

If, throughout your day, you continually refrain from doing something you want to do, then you do not truly live. You deny your life’s purpose the chance to blossom or grow. How many times do you put off being you in favour of fulfilling your duties as employee/mother/daughter/brother/nice person?

While each of the roles in our lives has importance, we have to maintain balance. We have to ensure enough space remains for play and relaxation, and all those things that make us uniquely us. All those things that light a fire within and energise us. That give us joy in life.

We don’t have to achieve greatness for our lives to mean something. Actually, it is in the small things that true greatness can be found. Those small acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, compassion, and selflessness. Of course, if we leave ourselves (this person, me) out of the equation, then all of that is rendered irrelevant. If we cannot exhibit kindness, thoughtfulness, compassion, and selflessness for ourselves as well as others, then we are missing the essential.

In the wise words of Zen:

‘Your work is to discover your world, and then with all your heart, give yourself to it.’

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