Do You Have a Life Purpose?

Purpose of Life

Do you ever wonder what your purpose is in life? Why are you here on earth when many others have died young? Is there a purpose or do we just bounce around from one day to the next doing whatever feels good? Or, maybe you don’t think about a purpose at all as you lead a very busy life with work, family, home, friends, etc. Sometimes life gets so busy we don’t take time to think about a greater purpose or calling in our lives. Maybe we are here to serve others and are just missing the boat when we are self centered. The numerous hubs that have been written for Humanity One World certainly answer some of the questions I asked, and they offer so many ways to enrich your life while enriching the life of others.

Psalm 37:23

Trust me. You are not at the mercy of fate. You are being led. Those who do not serve your purpose are moved out of your path.”

Love of People

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My Life as a Caretaker

When I look back at my life, I see some wonderful happy times and some serious times of problems. There are times when things looked very dismal, but worked out for the best is some miraculous way I could not have foreseen. I have much to be grateful for when I consider my three sons, my career in nursing, my husband, my mother and the list goes on.

I figure my main purpose in life must have been to be a caretaker. I am the oldest of three and started babysitting when I was too young really. I married young and had my first son a year later at the ripe old age of 19. I went back to college and became a nurse many years ago. After my father passed away, my mother had to have her leg amputated below the knee due to an infection and a poor excuse for a doctor. At that time, we built an addition on our home, and she has lived with us over the past six years. Life does extend beyond the borders of this home however.

Extreme Living

I haven’t really been a thrill seeker like some of those people featured in the new National Geographic magazine, unless you count working as a critical care nurse. I’m not sure why some people climb the highest mountains. The magazine talks about the “New Age of Exploration”. There is a picture of James Irwin, a NASA astronaut saluting the flag on the moon during the Apollo 15 mission and a picture of a team of scientist staying in a tent on the rim of the Nyriagongo volcano located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are conducting experiments on toxic gases ad heat. We need those people who explore and bring us new technology, however, most of us live in a much safer realm.

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How I Can Give Back

I belong to a women’s club, and we do numerous projects that help various segments of the community. We are helping the children in one of the poorer school districts. We give food to the needy. We give gifts to the girl’s home for those that have no parents and the list goes on. You can accomplish a lot when you work as a group.

On a more personal scale what can you do to help others? I smile when I am out at most anyone I meet. It is just amazing what a smile can do for another person. I almost always get a smile back and some good conversation. I go through clothing to donate at least twice a year. I give to the food bank what I can afford. I donate small amounts to worthy causes, usually with the money I earn writing. I send a card, make a phone call or visit someone when they are sick or maybe just need a friend. I recycle everything

Prayer Counts

I think prayer is important, and I am on the text prayer chain from my church. When anyone is going through a crisis (usually medial) each person is sent a text, and we pray right at the moment for that person. I believe there is power in group prayer.

A few weeks ago I was really sick and in bed for a few days, which is extremely unusual for me. I had a lung infection and my adrenal gland quit working. The doctor quickly treated the problem, and I started feeling much better very quickly. I

ran into a friend of mine a couple of weeks later that did not know I had been sick. She said to me, “I have thought of you so often and have been praying for you each day. Are you okay?” I quickly told her what had happened, and she just smiled. She knew that her prayers were answered.

Help Each Other & Love Each Other. Never Stop Sharing

Summary

I surely cannot explain all the mysteries of life or if anyone really has a sole purpose. I think we probably serve in many ways actually. Making each day count is important because you surely cannot change the past. Today always means a new beginning.

© 2013 Pamela Oglesby

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SubRon7 3 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Good morning, Pamela99. I found your hub to be very interesting and it made me think about just the question you asked, about purpose. In my life there are a couple times I could easily have been killed. Even more instances when I could have been injured, badly. Not trying to say I have nine lives but do think I have purpose or I'd be wasted by now.

But what is that purpose? Well, when I'm out in the world I try to set a good example. People have reappeared in my life, occasionally, and mention such. Also, through my writing, fiction and nonfiction both, I try to reach into subjects that sometimes are unpleasant but need to be ...examined (?) Is that the right word?

Anyway, Pamela, thank you for a good hub, and for making me think.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

A beautiful message my friend, and an interesting question. I'll be there are a lot of people who cannot tell you what their purpose is. Thank you for mentioning H.O.W.....greatly appreciated.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Just getting to "know"you here on HP has enriched my life. You are a very special person, Pamela. Voted up, interesting, beautiful and awesome.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Sunrob, I think you expressed exactly what I was thinking about. You have had some close calls and you certainly do reach people through your writing. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Billy, I hoped this hub would make people think. Look at where life has taken you recently. The start of something great is happening and you have opened so many eyes. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

POP, You have certainly enriched my life as well. I appreciate your comments.


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lbidd54 3 years ago from The beautiful Jersey Shore

Thanks for the wonderful, thoughtful hub on"purpose". I like to consider what a great place our world would be if we all contributed as mentioned in your article. Good thoughts for new years resolutions.


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Pamela, this was beautiful. I don't think there is any higher purpose than to be a caregiver. And there is no greater need for caregivers than in critical care. When you hold the hand of a trauma victim or their family, you are climbing the tallest mountains. Your patients are so lucky to have you and I am honored to be your friend. The video you added to this was a perfect compliment and only added icing on the cake for what is a very ispirational piece of writing. Voted up!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

ibidd, I agree with your comments our our world being a better place. Thanks for commenting.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Linda, Your glowing remarks almost make me blush. I am glad you are my friend also. I'm g;lad you liked the video as I thought it illustrated the way we can each help another person so easily. Thanks so much for your comments.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I believe we all have a purpose in life, finding that purpose takes some soul searching. Helping others who are needy is paramount. A smile from someone always brightens my day. I guess i have been a caregiver most of my life, nursing taught me to care and i am thankful for that. Thank's for sharing..


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Beautifully said, Pam.

All of us are here with a motive and it will be a smoother ride once we realize it.

Voted up as beautiful, awesome and sharing it across.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wonderful! I have been thinking a lot, trying to focus on my life's purpose. I think 2013 is going to be a very special year. Great hub!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

What a lovely story, my brother was a carer but for my parents, so I have the best respect for anybody who can do that, I love your prayer text, how amazing and it worked for you too when you were ill! I totally believe in that, voted up! nell


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Ruby, Yes, I think you are a caretaker also. It does take some soul searching to evaluate your life and priorities. I appreciate your comments.very much.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Ruchia, Well said! Thank you for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Victoria, I have felt the same way about 2013. Thank you for sharing your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Nell Rose, I felt that I wanted to share that because I believe it worked. I always appreciate your comments. Thank you.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wonderful hub Pamela. Spreading the sunshine seems to be my thing...Keep on shining! :)


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farmloft 3 years ago from Michigan

You do a wonderful life of good deeds. My daughter is a critical care nurse and I know you have to have a special heart to do that job!

I am on a prayer chain at church. I really like the text prayer chain idea, maybe I can get my chain to come to the tech side-even the Pope is on Twitter. PWAS


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brightforyou 3 years ago from Florida

Thank you, this is wonderful and lovely. Voted up and beautiful! You got it right... live in this day and believe in miracles.. because we can make them happen! I just wrote a similar hub which, if you wish, you can view here: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/I-Am-Tick-...

Thank you.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Pamela, thanks for a thought provoking hub. I have been thinking about this and to me, our purpose would be our talents....we should use them wisely for the greater good as I believe we were given them for that express purpose. So that's why we write, sing.......whatever we are talented at doing! Thanks for sharing! I pass this on.


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brightforyou 3 years ago from Florida

I left my comment previously but will add again, voted up and beautiful


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you so much for this and sharing the video. Me? The mason gave me a 33rd degree far my charity work.


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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

Pamela, this is such a great hub. This year was going to be the year of reflection for me and your hub has given me such a wonderful start! thank you so much for sharing this with us. Happy New Year my friend!---Lisa


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Well said, Pamela. I am so glad that prayer is included herein. Praying for others is so powerful as I have mentioned in a number of my hubs. I started a texting prayer chain for our tiny church and it has pulled together our praying efforts. It is so powerful.

I know what my mission is--it is to make this walk on this planet an easier one for others. I believe so strongly that one reason, the main reason, I was put on this planet was to be of service to others---in whatever way I can.

Sending you Angels....and blessings as you fulfill your reason for being.

:) ps Happy New Year


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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

This is such an important message! If only more people thought and acted this way - so much could change. I'm glad you're able to accomplish so much with your group, and you're right - numbers really do make a difference. I think I realized my purpose only last year, and I'm working at it...trying to make a difference. It's hard some days, because one can't understand why everyone is not like us - who want to make the world a better place. But, we've just got to keep going. There are animals that have no voice and people in need, and that's what I'm trying to focus a lot of my energy on. Fantastic article!! Voted up and sharing across the board.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Linda, You do that so well. You seem to be happy all the time and I'm not sure there is a much higher calling than making other people happy. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Midget, I agree that we should use our talents. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

farmloft, I really like the prayer chain also. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

brightforyou, I wrote a reply and it disappeared, so I'm trying it again. Thanks you so much for your comments. I believe in miracles and have seen them happen. I'll check out your hub. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Mhatter, It is wonderful that you do so much charity work as that really serves the community and other people in such a personal way. I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Rustcliving, I'm glad my talked about what you were already planning for your life. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

pstraubie, I have read many of your hubs where you mentions prayer and your faith. It sounds like you have found the right path for yourself. Thank you so much for your comments. Happy New Year to you also.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

MeiChi, It sounds like you are living in a way that helps others so much. It isn't always easy and I am limited sometimes by health problem, which makes working with a group so good. Everyone can do whatever they are able and there is no pressure. Thanks for your comments.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I've always known from your photo, Pamela, that you are a beautiful person outside. Now you have also confirmed that you are just as beautiful inside. Thank you for reminding us that each of us have a purpose in life - even when we spend that life searching for the answer.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

drbj, Thank you so much for your very thoughtful comments. I spent some years when I was young and in a bad marriage wondering how I managed to get myself in that position, so we've all had are ups and downs. One of your purposes must be to make people laugh as you have written some of the funniest hubs on Hubpages. I appreciate your comments.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Pamela, this thought-filled hub has a purpose as well: to serve as inspiration to others; just like you do. Thanks for sharing these key elements of seeking a purpose driven life. I feel that you have found your calling in that of caregiver, though your roles as mother, daughter, wife, nurse and so much more have given you the eyes to discover this and share it. Loved your message.


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Louisa Rogers 3 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

I like the way you reflected on different chapters in your life. I created a life purpose statement in a workshop many years ago, but I don't remember it! It did have the word 'create' in it, that much remember. I do have kind of a life purpose, but not one I've ever formally states-- to experience, to absorb. "Compost," I sometimes think. USE everything I've been given, the stuff I like and the stuff I don't like. Thanks for a great hub! Voted up.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Pamela, this is such a great hub. Make each day count! A re-occuring theme I see in just about all the H.O.W. contibutions is to simply smile at stranger. Smiles and a simple 'hello' when you pass someone on the street go such a long way! We've allowed ourselves to become strangers and treat others as strangers. Recognition is sometimes all it takes to change a person's mindset from negative to positive.

Wonderful hub!


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btulloh098 3 years ago from NC

Hi Pamela - I'm relatively new to hubpages, but I may be writing on this topic as well in the future. I read the book, "The Secret" recently, and it led me to other similar books that have all been very eye-opening. I was raised in church, and still feel a strong connection to God. I have been very interested in the connections between the bible, prayer and the concepts in The Secret. Thanks for giving me further food for thought. Much luck to you!


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eHealer 3 years ago from Las Vegas

Excellent hub Pamela. I have often thought that life is what you make it, you choose what makes you happy, and you pursue that certain goal. But the truth is, people are propelled through life for many different reasons. Making their parents proud, revenge, fear of poverty, low self esteem, talent, and persistent dreams. Beautiful, and very well done. Thanks Pam!~ You've been booked!!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

PegCole, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Louisa, It sounds like you have a purpose and I like the words Compost. This is an interesting concept. Thanks so much for sharing this and all your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

braIvewarrior, I think recognition may be he key word in your comment. Generations ago neighbors knew each other and helped each other when needed, like everyone helping rebuild a barn that burned. Today, things are much different but a smile or a cheerful greeting can go a long way toward changing someone's mindset. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

byulloh, I am glad you enjoyed this hub and that it tied in to some things you have been exploring. I am going to check out tat book also. I would like to read what you write. thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

ehealer, I think people are often propelled through life but sometimes the circumstances aren't good. Learning how top have some control over how you respond to events can sometimes make major changes in your life I think. I really appreciate your comments.


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Cathy Fidelibus 3 years ago from NJ

Great hub and food for thought. I believe our soul purpose may change as we change and agree every day is a new beginning.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

What a beautiful hub, Pamela. I was the oldest daughter, so I also learned caretaking very early. In fact, I have finally come to accept my role as a 'mother' nurturing others in ways that I would never have expected.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, but also the absolutely touching video. It was very beautiful to watch. I think most adults know that we connect with others in positive or negative ways...we just don't always practice the positive connections.

Happy New Year! Rated UP/A/B/I & shared


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Cathy, I think it probably does change for many people and we sure may have more than one person when you think of the number of people that touch our lives during our lifetime. Thanks for your comments.

Denise, I knew that video was perfect when I watched it as it touched me. I appreciate your comments very much. Happy New Year to you also. Have a wonderful year!.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Pam...Looks to me that your "purpose" has been well-lived thus far, dear lady. Your generous, kind and loving personality has guided you and of course you followed.

I'm pretty comfortable with living my purpose. I happen to believe that each day is another opportunity to see to it that our "purpose" is always based in goodness and love. Wonderful hub, Pam....I'm pleased to know you and have you as a fellow-writer!...UP+++


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

a smile really is an amazing thing, and your caretaker history really comes thru in your hubs. wonderful post!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I believe we must have concrete purpose of life, purpose differentiate us with animals. Thanks for letting us read some of the pages of your life.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Paula, I like the way you see each day and what a wonderful to live. Thank you so much for your comments. I am pleased to know you also and enjoy your writing.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Chris, Thanks so much for your comments. I always appreciate you stopping by.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Vinaya, I think a concrete purpose is good. I appreciate your comments.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

A powerful yet gentle message about living a life of purpose. I love your words of wisdom ring of truth. I too believe in the power of group prayer and find that it is what helps others to believe there is much more to life. Voted up and shared.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Dianne, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.Thank you so much for your comments.


Duchess OBlunt 3 years ago

I'm with you that prayer matters. Big time. Sometimes I think we forget that all important fact. Lovely hub Pamela


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Duchess, It certainly sustains me through the tough times. Thanks so much for your comments.


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Pamela I erased my first comment. My fingers hit the delete button. Yikes. Well here we go again. I love your writing sister. It is heartfelt and true. You have such a warm and sensitive heart, you are caring and kind. Your writing is beautiful and you touch many hearts with it.

I do think we all have a purpose. Some know allot younger than others. If we are a Child of God we are commissioned to share the good news and save souls. In that I truly believe God gave each one a special gift or many gifts to specialize for Him in His kingdom. He knows what He does. I tell you the day I had a revelation of what my gift was I was elated. It was always there but I put it on the shelf for years. My party mind could not be bothered. Little did I realize at that time what a passion I had for the gift God gave me. I am to write and share the good news. God has opened doors. When I realized He was my paycheck and not to depend on hubpages, or google or the husbands pay on and on I started living in HIS promises. HE MEETS our needs. He knows and is on time, as He promises. His pay is way better than hub pages anyway. Not that the few extra is not nice from other sources it is all Gods anyway. Well I am all refreshed after reading your words. I love stopping into your neighborhood.

You my friend are an encourager and a very caring one. I can see why God had you in nursing. All the people you touched are blessed indeed. You keep touching the hearts pamela. U will I am sure. Phil 4:13

Thank You for being here. Love Skye


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Skye, I love the way you describe finding your purpose and passion. I agree with your views on Hubpages and extra money - nice - but not to be depended upon. Thank you so much for your comments.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Just beautiful. We all have a purpose in life and you seem to have found yours, Pamela. I find the saying " You are not at the mercy of fate. you are being led. Those who do not serve your purpose are moved out of your path.” How true this is I know!

voted up and beautiful.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

rajan jolly, I am glad those words had the same meaning for you as they do for me. Thank you so much for your comments.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Yes, LOVE is the answer dear Pamela. What a lovely, thought-provoking hub here of truths . . . we can simply make the world a lot better by loving unconditionally, smiling, taking time to listen . . . and thank you very much for the beautiful reminder in your choice of scripture.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Faith, I love your comments as I surely believe love is the answer. Thank you so much for stopping in and for your lovely comments. God Bless you also.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

hello pamela. that was very interesting read and can't help to think too about my purpose.. you have a kind soul.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Mzl, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for your generous comments.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

I agree Pamela, a smile can brighten someone's day and make a big difference.

A beautiful hub and message, thank you.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Leslie, Thank you so much for your comments. Have a lovely day.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Pam... thanks for writing this and a reminder of who we are called to be. We are not placed here on this earth to serve ourselves only. When we see another down or in need we are called to reach out and help but to do so with discernment of course.

This is a wonderful hub and one that speaks volumes of who you are and the way you lead by example... Thank you

Blessings and Hugs from Canada


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Rolly, I think we are put on this earth for a purpose, and you certainly serve other also. Thanks so much for your comments. Blessings and hugs from Florida


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dinv 3 years ago from Philippines

Yes, we all have purpose. What is my purpose? It's a mystery of Life from God... :) Trust God and you'll find true rest from Him. :)


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

dinv, That is surely where I find peace and rest. Thank you for your comments.


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

What an amazing hub, you are clearly a wonderful person and your good nature radiates around you. In my opinion we most definitely have a purpose in this life and through our learning we have the ability to help and love each other.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

acetnna, I think you are right about through our learning we can help and love each other. I appreciate your comments.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Pam... another "Thinker Hub"... well done. Love is my purpose I feel, may sound silly to some and yet without love it would be hard to accomplish any goal or commitment I have set. Love is all the center, the binning and the end of all things...

Thanks for waking the brain ... Hugs and Blessings


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Rolly, I think you are right about love as it gives meaning to everything we do. I appreciate your comments. Hugs and Blessings to you also Rolly.


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cherrycrime26 3 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

This is a wonderful hub, I also am a nurse, an LPN, for 8 Years now, can't say that I love it, I love my patients And I'm dedicated to helping them, but politics has really gotten a grip on the healthcare field, and there are a lot of evil people out there who don't really care about the patients health, just money. Anywho writing is my first love, I use to actually make a living from it, and I will continue to purse my first love writing, great hub :-)


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

cherrycrime, I am glad my nursing days are gone. I was an RN for 23 years, but things have surely changed. If you can follow your first love you will sure be happier. Thanks for your comments.

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