Last week I finished reading Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything. This book went along nicely with what I have been working on for the last year. Really trying to focus on what matters, clear out extraneous stuff, be comfortable with who I am, live mindfully with gratitude. Though the book is written by a PhD it is written in a very accessible way and it made me think, What is my purpose? I definitely think I have 2 distinct areas of my life where I felt I had a purpose but I don’t think I spent any real-time honing it down so that it was portable.
What do I mean by a portable purpose? I think I felt connected and had this ambiguous idea of what my purpose was but I could not readily articulate it. More important than that, I could not carry that purpose with me and pull it out mentally and ask myself does this align with my purpose? After reading the book I sat down to think about purpose. I focused on a professional purpose and a personal/relationship based purpose.
Work Purpose: I will make everyone value the essential role of water in their lives. I know it seems ambitious, right? That is the point. A purpose is not a goal. You aren’t even necessarily supposed to achieve it. You are supposed to reach for it and act out of this passion, intention, and desire. I did practice with actively making decisions from this purpose this week. Though I think in my work life I have sort of already been doing that.
Personal Purpose: I will be present and open to the people, moments, challenges, and opportunities in my life. I am somewhat embarrassed to say it was harder to come up with my personal purpose. If I was really aligning what was most important it should have been easier to come up with my personal purpose. One of the reasons I am working on all of these things is to be a better version of myself and be open to learn and open to make mistakes.
Exploring my purpose was well worth the time and the work. Now I have to do my best to live with these in the front of my mind. Also the beauty part is you can review and change your purpose as your life changes. I would say that is essential, since the only constant in the world is change.