As I was making a decision on my theme for October, I was down to two words and couldn’t decide between them.
The more I looked at the words meaning and purpose, the more I realized how often they go together.
When googled the meaning of meaningful this is what I got- having a serious, important or useful quality or purpose!
Ha! There is was. This month I will be exploring meaning, purpose, meaningful and purposeful. From all angles. I hope you will follow along.
Purposeful means having or showing determination or resolve. Purpose means the reason for which something is done, created or for which something exists.
I would like to encourage you to think about these definitions. What is true for you about meaning and purpose in your own life?
My personal thoughts about this subject is that we are all born with a purpose. Just because you were born, you serve a special role that only you can play in this world. Thinking and believing this has kept me grounded in a big way while I discover all of the little ways my being here in this world can play out.
Our purpose is to make a positive impact on our corner of the world- big or small, the size of our corner is insignificant. I believe every person has this purpose. And as many of us as there are, it gets played out in a unique way for each of us. Start with this belief about purpose and you will never feel purposeless.
Some people seem to know how to walk their purpose out easily, while others search. If you just remember to stay aware and look around you for opportunities to be of service or to make an impact on others and act on them, you will grown your sense of purpose. Start here.
As a foundation for moving forward today, I want you to recognize that your purpose may have changed, especially because we have been living through and are still in a pandemic, it is a good idea to think of your purpose right now. Even if you had your purpose locked in, now is a good time to review. It may still be the same purpose, but in what ways has it changed? It is a great question to discern, and while you’re at it, ask yourself these questions, too, and handwrite your answers in your journal or notebook:
–What’s important to you now? What was important and no longer is?
–Where in your life do you feel you are making the most difference?
–Where would you like to make more of a difference and how?
*At home and with family?
*In your community?
Next week we will begin to break this down even more, so consider this your homework for the week! Raise your antenna and look around this week, see what you notice. Be purposeful and meaningful in your pursuit of clarity in this area of your life.