12 July, 2011
How to find your purpose
How do you figure out what is your purpose? Why are you here? What are you supposed to be contributing to the community and society as a whole? How do you find the time to figure all of this out when life seems so busy and demands all of your time and attention? I know, I hear it all the time. The truth is, the answer is within you, and it can only come out and be revealed to you when you take the time to search it out. It’s like losing weight, there are certain things that you just have to do to get it off and keep it off…there’s no getting around it. It’s not something that just falls at your feet, you have to pursue after the answer by asking the right questions. With your days being filled with children, spouses, household duties, jobs and to do list that get longer than the actual day itself, finding quiet time can be a bit challenging. That is why it is important to utilize every moment when you are alone to your advantage. For instance, when you are in the shower, while driving to work, while brushing your teeth, or even as you drift off to sleep, these are all examples of small amounts of time that can be used as reflective moments. I personally use the time when I’m in the shower and as I drift off to sleep as my personal reflection time. I use the morning to pray for the day ahead and what questions I’m looking to answers to for the day. When I go to sleep I list every positive thing that happened that day and what I’m grateful for, I then reiterate all questions that I am seeking answers to. Now these aren’t monumental amounts of time, but instead of thinking about what needs to be done that day, you could think of the things you love to do, pray, and meditate on asking God to reveal to you what is your purpose. Every little bit helps and pushes you closer towards living life and living life abundantly. During these times just ask two simple questions, “Lord, what is my purpose?” and “What do I enjoy doing?” Take these moments to be quiet and actually seek out what it is that you really enjoy doing and are good at. Ask until you get your answer, never give up! I believe that a lot of people know what their purpose is and are doing it on some level already! The only thing is you can’t see it as a purpose because you have called it a hobby that you just do on the side. Some of you make the most thoughtful handcrafted cards around the holidays, while some of you volunteer at animal shelters and group homes. There are those of you who love to get groups of people together so you can work out and you are the group leader. Maybe you love to design houses, rebuild old cars, or put a function together for family and friend activities. I found that I was always being asked for my opinion on how someone should handle certain situations or when they needed an encouraging pep talk. It didn’t hit me that this is what I do naturally and have always done until one day a friend of mine said, “Monica, you really should become a life coach!” Now she said this often but on this particular day I actually heard her, because it was around the time that I started asking questions about my purpose. I started working on a way to give back to my community by working within my purpose, and I must say this is when I am at my happiest state! Take a closer look at what you truly enjoy doing and your purpose lies within that activity. Whatever you love to do, somewhere there is someone that would like you to do it for them. That is your contribution to the community…to help those who are unable to do what you do, with ease! A friend once told me that little thoughts and ideas can bring about a big change! She’s right, everything started out as a thought first, so get to thinking!
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