Have you ever wondered why you are here? I don’t mean just in this house? Or in this job? Or with this person/ spouse/ partner?
In the movie The Color Purple, there is a scene in which Miss Celie finally musters the courage to leave Mister. He’d just finished saying some pretty nasty things to her (paraphrasing): “You’re poor. You’re black. You’re ugly. Nobody wants you.”
To which Miss Celie replied, “I’m poor. I’m black. I might even be ugly. But I’m here!”
There is a reason each of us is here. Honestly, most days I wonder what my purpose is….I’m sure many have lost family and friends who were here last year and who aren’t now. Many have passed on fulfilling their purpose on this earth. But you are still here. And your most important job in life is to know why. I know pretty heavy for early morning, right?
I have been pondering this question for the last few weeks. What is my purpose in life? There are days (very few) when I think I know but more times then not, I’m clueless. I could blame it on the MS or the lack of memory or 100 different things but the truth is some days I feel lost. Torn between what I think I “should be” doing and what I really want to do. Torn between having the confidence to work my angel business releasing my creativity or just sticking with what I know works in my direct sales business. Some may say do both BUT my MS requires me to keep things simple. What about you, do you know your purpose?
Can you state your purpose in a single, simple sentence? I know I can’t! If you are like me, ask yourself this question:
How is someone’s life better when they cross your path?
Whatever your answer, is, can you say it quickly – in under 15 seconds. Why so fast? Because in most cases we only have a few seconds to share with people we meet.
I believe my purpose is “bringing hope and a smile to those who are struggling, reminding them they are special”. I like to help people. Maybe it is the people pleaser in me. Maybe it is just the “helper gene” LOL. Or maybe it is just the fact someone was nice to me when I was struggling.
For some, it may sound kind of cheesy. The simple gesture of bringing a smile to the face of others makes a difference in their life (and in mine). It can make a dark day sunny. It can dry a tear in their eye. It can change their negative mindset to positive. YES! A simple smile can do it.
Your purpose is about how you uniquely serve the world and make it better in some way. It uses your unique gifts, strengths and experiences. It is something you do well. And it comes naturally to you. It means you are willing to share your gifts and talents with others. I am seeing new gifts develop or at least come out again – my creativity in making angels. Seeing how putting the pieces together to form something wish brings memories to life is so humbling.
I think about my success as a Social Work….I know I made a difference. Some may think I am being conceited but I actually saw the difference I was making. I am actually humbled by the blessing I am able to give to others. Even when things are tight for me, there is a way to give back – a cup of coffee, a ride to a meeting, a smile, a thank you – everything makes a difference.
Today, I challenge you to take a few minutes and answer the question….Once you get the answer, write it down. Don’t forget it. Make it your mantra. A fulfilling life is a life lived with purpose.
How is someone’s life better because they cross your path? Share your life’s purpose with us.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!