- Quality of Life & Wellness
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.
“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
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.
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.
Recycle for a Better World
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
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.
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