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5 Reasons to Discover a Purpose

Updated on December 20, 2014
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Discovering Your Purpose

Thank you for visiting this hub! You really won’t find any new ideas here, at least not in content. I believe everything already exists. The scope of that statement is one that can be debated by experts (in another forum)but, for the purpose of this hub I am adapting the First Law of Thermodynamics which states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed - only changed in form.

What I hope you will take away from reading this piece is a passion that, once lit, cannot be extinguished; once begun, cannot be ended and once realized, will be lived with a zest that cannot be explained.

For the last 50+ years I have explored this thing we call life from many different perspectives, most of which seem to have produced little in the way of lasting happiness, joy and peace, until now!

Many of you will equate the discovery of your purpose with the potential for financial gain. I certainly would not judge or condemn anyone for that opinion. I’m reminded of the saying, “Whether your rich or poor, it’s good to have money.” (Anon)

The real goal of this article, however, is to inspire, even if ever so slightly, those who dream of finding laughter in the vague and overwhelming odds of adversity; joy in the middle of the night when a new vision appears solving a seemingly unsolvable dilemma and the experience of the endlessness of time because the search for your life’s work has freed you from its boundaries.

The money may or may not come, yet in the pursuit of your purpose you will continue to ask, seek, knock and perform because you are driven by a greater reward – the achievement of your destiny, the fulfillment of your raison d’être and the firsthand experience of an exhilarating and unquenchable desire just to live and be!

The 5 Reasons

So, here they are; 5 simple and simplistic reasons for discovering something you already own, though perhaps hidden deep within your being, yet obscured by a life of unconscious preconditioning. It has been said if you ask, the answer will come.

1. Acceptance - You were born and you are here; you have gifts of great value. Discovering, developing and gratefully sharing them are the only appropriate responses to their possession. Any other act is one of selfishness or neglect.

2. Application - We are all connected. We breathe the same air, share the same universal and planetary resources and have the same human origin. Living without purpose, once found, is self destructive - individually and collectively. (A great read on the subject is Viktor E. Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.”

3. Edification - Seeking your purpose will help develop your mind, your body and your spirit as well as the mind, body and spirit of those with whom you relate, directly and indirectly. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

4. Inspiration - Discovering your purpose often leads to fulfilling your purpose and that influences the world we live in by using and transferring positive energy transmuted by your thoughts, your words and your deeds. It also often inspires those around you to do the same. Want a better world? Start with numero uno!

5. Choice - What is the alternative? There is no gain in drifting aimlessly through this life? Choosing action will always outweigh inaction. The emotional, intellectual and spiritual benefits of focusing on the quest of one’s purpose will lead to an exuberant life. Don’t believe me? Good! Leave the past behind, abide in the present, choose to experiment and prove it to yourself. Happy hunting!

Obtaining Balance

Obviously, there are more reasons than those stated above and more than likely better ones for you to boot! But, this isn’t a bad jumping off place. One word of caution! If you begin this journey to find your ultimate purpose in living, it may consume you. I suggest considering taking on a partner. If you don’t already know someone you can trust to be objective, such as a friend or mentor, hire a coach as an accountability partner to insure balance remains in your daily living since I also believe that there is a consequence to every decision. (Newton’s Third Law of Motion adapted)

The path to discovery of your purpose can lead you down many roads, depending on your perspective. In any case, the decision to find, to act, to do and to be, is completely yours. Choose and live wisely!

I always look forward to your comments

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      @ unknown spy

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Please come back again, okay?

      @ Tammyswallow

      I have no doubt your children will be fine adults. They come from great stock and they have the influence of a mother who loves them. That's a pretty powerful formula. Can't thank you enough for your continuing support!

      Stay well, my friend!

      @ CR Crookwood

      You made my day! Sorry the title made you cringe but I am happy that it turned out well.

      I totally agree and appreciate your comments, especially the PS!

      One other note, if I may. No other human being on the face of this planet has your particular gifts in the same measure as you possess them. Therefore, every other being on this planet is waiting for you to compliment their lives. That's how connectedness works!

      Thank you for being here with me right now!

      Sincerely,

      Bruce

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      I cringed when I read your title, but your hub was really helpful. I spend a lot of time feeling guilty that I haven't done more, don't do more, etc., but after reading what you wrote here I see that I am judging myself by the wrong standards. Bu the standard of doing what I am good at and sharing who I am, I'm not doing so bad! Thank you! Great hub, voted up all across.

      PS--In the US I think it is so easy to judge ourselves by how much money we have. It's not really a fair way to judge, as so many people who don't get rich still make very meaningful contributions. ;)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is beautiful and inpiriing! I think my first purpose here on this planet is to raise my children into the best adults they can be. This is a question I think about often. Thanks for the reminder as it can be easy to get complacent in this life.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much for this wonderful article!

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Mr. Happy!

      You've responded with wise words indeed. I don't believe there is one right way for everyone, so my suggestion is to consider the reasons and then decide how they fit into ones life. I too, am an introvert, but I prefer to take on partners where their knowledge and expertise far outweigh my own.

      I do respect your opinion and I'm grateful you share it with others.

      Thanks for the read and the comments, I'm honored!

      Sincerely,

      Bruce

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Be the change you want to see in the world." - Yes, I like that. I usually say that I try to lead by example. If I live happily, I know others can too.

      "Choosing action will always outweigh inaction." - Lately, I am trying not to speak in the absolute. Governed by the Air Element, I am more of the thinking type ... My innaction is used to think and plan and I do a lot of that. Haha ...

      "If you begin this journey to find your ultimate purpose in living, it may consume you. I suggest considering taking on a partner." - This is an interesting statement as I am quite the lonely wolf. I do visit the pack once in a while but for the most part, I walk alone. Although like You, I plant many seeds wherever I go.

      I enjoyed the write. Cheers! : )

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Rahul0324, I am very grateful for the time you took to read this hub. I also appreciate the comment, that means a lot to me!

      Gratefully,

      Bruce

      @John Sarkis,

      Thank you sir, for reading this hub and leaving a kind and affirming comment back to me. We are all connected so as we share our stories, we all grow!

      I am grateful,

      Bruce

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      What a powerful and life affirming hub. And, very eloquently written, I might add.

      Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

      Voted useful

      John

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      What an inspiring write! Perfect and bang on!

      For me life without purpose is nullified existence! Your words here are motivating and the reasons perfectly precise and correct!

      A must read! Shared all across!!

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hey Dex!

      Thanks for coming back! I know you understand because you are living life on purpose! This line in your profile is proof!

      “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

      Learning about life is a purpose in itself and living as a husband, father and all the rest you do in conjunction with writing (and very well I might add) leads to a quality that says you've determined your purpose, deciding to go on! Thanks for living it out in the open! I am grateful to you for sharing a part of that purpose with us!

      Sincerely,

      Bruce

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Suzettenaples!

      I agree wholeheartedly! Life without purpose is bereft of meaning yet, so many wander aimlessly and, in my humble opinion, needlessly. After all, it is a choice.

      Thank you so much for your kind comments!

      Bruce

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Born2Care2001! Thank you so much for providing this exceptionally inspiring hub. For some of us, it takes a while to find our purpose. When we finally do, it is indeed a blessing to us and others!

      Thank you, thank you!

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Phdast7!

      I'm glad you finally made it! LOL! I know as a teacher you so often see students, eyes glazed over and lost as an Easter egg. Thus enters your purpose, like mine, to bring some light onto the subject. I'm grateful for you and for your kind words and comments, not to mention the share!!!

      Thank you!

      Bruce

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      I think this is a very purposeful and inspiring hub. I think your tips are terrific and you are giving some pertinent advice. Without a purpose in life, it is bereft of meaning. I like this hub and I am voting it up!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What an inspiring, encouraging and wonderful Hub. I am sorry I missed it until now...and I couldn't agree with you more. :) As human beings we were created to have a purpose and to move toward it with our heart and soul and mind. When we don't do that, it lessens us and all those around us. I truly appreciate you putting this into words for us. Blessings! SHARING.