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Needing A Sense of Purpose

Posted on the 16 February 2019 by Berijoy @berijoy
Needing A Sense of Purpose Rise up, rise up in me 'cause I don't wanna die with my song unsung, so rise up, rise up in me. ~ Jasmine Love, "Rise Up"

So many of us are running around trying to figure out what our purpose is, why we came to the planet. We want our lives to make sense and so we figure there's a grand scheme and meaning to be gleaned from a sincere search. We don't want to die with our music still inside us.

Knowing purpose helps us to make sense of a situation. If we know the purpose of something, we can better figure out where to put it, what to do with it next. With regards to ourselves, purpose helps us make meaning of our lives, as it gives a sense of direction upon which to focus. Finding it becomes important because the revelation explains the why we came to the planet, and the who we are meant to be.

I seemed to know that figuring out my purpose was important from the earliest stage of my life. As a girl of seven or eight, each week I'd run dutifully to my mother with a new pronouncement of what I was going to be when I grew up. The list included doctor, nurse, teacher, ballerina, fireman, psychologist. There were plenty others. Bottom line: I wanted to be of service to others. Already I understood that there was suffering in the world, things that needed tending, and I passionately wanted to help.

Later, as I matured and became aware of my inborn gifts, my purpose shifted to writer, singer, actress - as a way to express myself joyfully, creatively and still be of service to others. Even so, I could never seem to settle on the just the right thing. In my mind it mattered because I wanted to be of service in the very best way possible. I kept looking and seeking and looking and searching, waiting for the magic moment an angel or wise one would appear, smile and assure me that I had found it. The drive only intensified when I later learned that there was something that by right of my unique identity only I could do. I knew it must be something special, something magical, mystical, something important. After all, this was a big world and it needed a lot of help.

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning." ~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

We all have a purpose, something for which we are uniquely born. Many are still searching. We come into this world as one-of-a-kind emanations of the All bringing that to share which only we can give to make our rightful contribution, to make everything work as it ought. It does not matter the scale of our gift we have to give. Everything has meaning, everyone has a place, a raisin d'être.

There are no mistakes. Whether the plan is to become an important elected official, or a person who spends his time helping runaway children, what matters is that we heed the tug, push, pull, call, or drive to go where we are directed, as we are led. We should never discount whatever we have been given. There is a reason, a purpose for our birth. We are not "useless eaters" but rather emissaries of love, sharing what we have in the way only we can, and in a way that makes life better for us and those around us.

"It is not until you change your identity to match your life blueprint that you will understand why everything in the past never worked."
― Shannon L. Alder

In this way, we do our part to create the world we live in, one person at a time. With love as our focus, accompanied by our desire to know and give, our job is to be open to discovering how we can best serve life.

Needing A Sense of Purpose

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