Over the past 18 – 24 months, there have been several questions asked almost routinely . . .
- Can you hear me now or am I still on mute?
- Do you have toilet tissue in stock?
- What is Zoom?
- What is my Purpose?
the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists
What is My Purpose? This seems like a pretty straightforward question for some . . . first responders, healthcare providers, military, clergy and perhaps other careers. Others of us may not have a primary purpose that is quite as easily identified.
After giving it a lot of thought I realized I was trying to equate a purpose to a goal or a specific achievement. I then witnessed my family and friends serving purposes perhaps without even knowing it.
Providing a listening ear or shoulder to lean on for a struggling friend or family member.
Helping an elderly family member with her medicine or simply listening as they go down memory lane, once again.
Holding the hand of a loved one to give support.
Helping a child with their homework or laughing at their joke that doesn’t make sense, but your laughter (your purpose) gives them joy!
Paying for the dinner of a family you don’t even know and will never see again.
Giving up your seat on the bus for a pregnant mom.
Providing a loving and safe home for a rescued or adopted pet (if you know me, you know I would include that purpose!).
In my mind, I feel like we are all more aligned with our purpose(s) than we might realize. When we act out of love and compassion a purpose is achieved. In my heart, I believe there is a purpose we can all easily reach . . . be kind to one another . . . as simple as sharing a smile or a hello with a stranger!
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