Do you feel like you are living your purpose?
Do you know what that means to you? To me, living my purpose means that, as I live my life, the things I do and say reflect my knowledge, gifts, skills or talents and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Here is what I know to be true about your purpose in life.
Your purpose can be broad or narrow.
You may feel that your purpose in life is to make others happy or to spread love. These purposes are broad because they can be applied to any situation you find your self in, any job you may have and any person you may come in contact with. In contrast, your purpose may be very specific. You may feel called to make women have healthy relationships with their bodies or to make sure as many people as possible have basic literacy skills. Although this potentially limits the time and place you can feel like you are acting on your purpose, it can allow you to focus your efforts, set specific goals and become an expert in something you see as your calling.
No purpose is too small.
Your purpose may be focused on your own life and the people who are around you each day. Maybe you feel it is your purpose to be the best mother or father you can, to be a great friend or to keep your work place or home clean, tidy and inviting. No matter what you do, if you do it with the intention of doing it well and having a positive impact on others, you are making a difference. Every mother and father who love their children and raise them to be caring and thoughtful citizens make the world a better place. If anything you do makes someone’s day better – getting their coffee order right, helping them pick out an outfit that makes them feel great, creating a peaceful and relaxing environment for them to visit, work or live in – you make it easier for that person to carry on with the rest of their day with a positive attitude and take actions that make the days or lives of others better.
Your purpose can, and probably will, change.
If your purpose is to use your knowledge and skills to make a difference, your purpose will naturally change over time as you learn more, experience more and develop new skills. Don’t be afraid to change your mind. Don’t think of deciding to focus on something new is not abandoning or quitting your current or past endeavors. The things you are called to do, your interests and your personality will naturally evolve. We naturally seek new goals to work towards and new things to learn because they give us a feeling of accomplishment and direction. Allow yourself to follow your curiosity and interest and see where it takes you. When you do something because you feel passionate about it, you do it better and the people you interact with will notice and benefit from your efforts and positive energy.
You have a purpose even if you don’t know what it is.
I truly believe that each and every one of us has been put here on this planet to spread love and light and make the world a better place. We are all fortunate to have you here in this world, whether you know it or not. Making the world a better place is your purpose.
You do not have to wait to start living your purpose.
If you are like me, you used to believe, or perhaps you still do, that your vocation is your purpose. When many people are deciding what to study in school or looking for a job, they intend to find something they can do for a living that aligns with their values, or purpose if they feel they have already discovered it, and makes them feel fulfilled. This can lead to a wonderful experience for some people because, if they find a job that meets this criteria, they are fortunate enough to feel fulfilled every day and to look forward to going to work. For others, it may seem difficult, or even impossible to land their dream job that makes them feel like they are making the world a better place just by show up to work and doing their best. Maybe your true passion is something you fail to make money with or the job that you thought was your dream job is actually a daily struggle, not as fulfilling as you had hoped it would be or just feels totally wrong for you. You may feel like the only way to feel happiness, fulfillment, contentment and purpose is to start all over again with a life path, a new career.
For some, going back to school, changing jobs or starting their own business is their way of realigning their life with their purpose. For others, the timing isn’t right, they have too much depending on their current pay cheque or the success of their current endeavors or they are finding it very difficult to even find a new career path that will bring them happiness. Well, I am here to tell you that you do not have to wait to start living your purpose. You do not have to quit your job, uproot your home, take on debt or travel on a physical quest of self-discovery to live your purpose.
It is my intent to show you how you can live your purpose and share your light and love with the world regardless of your current circumstances. I am going to share with you things you can do in your daily life to feel purposeful, needed and fulfilled and to take care of yourself so you can show up as your best self every day. If this post has inspired you, I would feel honored to have you follow me on my blog or on social media so we can go on this journey together. Did this post speak to you? What would you like to learn about living your purpose and spreading love in your daily life? Please tell me in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.
Love and light,