I’ve been thinking a lot about purpose lately. It’s a hard thing to pin down, really.
1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
3. determination; resoluteness.
4. the subject in hand; the point at issue.
5. practical result, effect, or advantage: to act to good purpose.
Have you ever encountered someone who lights up when they talk about a certain something, or who is so upbeat and bubbly that it’s impossible not to be as excited as they are?
I’ve said before that what I want is to make my piece of the world better. Isn’t that what most people want? Of course! But, I think a lot of us get lost in trying to figure out how, exactly, to go about doing that.
It’s easy to fall in the trap of thinking that your purpose has to be something enormous and powerful – fight cancer, save lives, save the planet, stop poverty, hunger, violence. Certainly these are worthy causes – but are they yours? Do they make you come alive?
Enthusiasm is infectious, and in a world where it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to escape negative, inauthentic, and fickle people and ideas, it’s that sparkle in someone’s eye, the dedication to an ideal that comes from believing with all your being in its worth, the bright spot, no matter how small, that shines light through an unforgiving world – that is what we need.
No matter how long it takes to find it, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, this is our purpose: to find what makes you come alive, and then do it –
with all that you have, do it.
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