Excuse Me...Have You Seen My Purpose?

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Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray to Spirit, my soul to keep.  If I should die before I wake…

(Insert sound of SCREECHING tires…) 

Wait! I don’t want to die before I wake! I can’t die before I wake. I’m STILL trying to figure out my life’s purpose! 

(New prayer)

Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray to spirit my life’s purpose is sweet. As I rest my eyes tonight, I hope this time my purpose is brought to clear sight.  

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While I’m not typically a bettin’ woman, I would bet money that most have likely had a similar line of thinking…or praying, wanting little more in life than to know our purpose and then move in it accordingly. 

And all too often, we have aligned the work of finding our life’s purpose with certain titles that are, according to family expectations, societal standards, etc, supposed to make us feel accomplished, successful, worthy. 

For instance, at various points in my life, I have had EACH of the following thoughts:

Maybe a doctor? Yeah! That’s it! They help people AND make money. Win! Win!

Or maybe I’ll join the Peace Corps? I’m SURE I could find my purpose in the Peace Corps!

Ok. It has to be Teacher! Like elementary school. And, the children are our future after all.

I allowed myself to believe that achieving certain titles had the power to create the abiding feelings of fulfillment, love and joy I so desperately sought. 

But, truth is, our life’s purpose is not some unknown label waiting for us to complete the “right” training, obtain the “right” degree or meet the “right” person. 

Our Life’s Purpose is like a beautifully bound book, touching every genre, from comedy to drama to mystery, sitting on the shelf of our hearts, just waiting to be opened. 

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How Can I Identify My Purpose?

It’s All Personal - While we are typically taught that purpose is tied to titles and/or actions, it is important to know our life's purpose is a personal journey, something that cannot be chosen for us by another/others. 

Embrace the Process - Instead of rushing to identify something specific, embrace the journey in getting there. When we rush, we miss key lessons necessary for clearing our path. 

Ask for Support - Often, an objective eye is needed to help create clarity around how best to create the abiding sense of fulfillment we desire. Let's connect to talk more about how I can support you in your journey.