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The Secret To Finding A Purpose In Life

Updated on August 27, 2011

The Secret To Finding A Purpose In Life

If anyone were to ask me "What is your purpose?" my immediate response would be, "My purpose is to contribute to the happiness of others through writing and public speaking."

From personal experience and observation I conclude that the most frustrated and unhappy people are those who have no purpose.

I believe the secret to discovering your purpose is this: Your purpose is something you absolutely love to do.

Your purpose can be anything you are passionate about. For example, in December, 2007, John Kralik's life was filled with debt and disaster. During a hike on New Year's Day he had an epiphany. He decided to write one thank you note each day for a year. This act of gratitude changed his life by the people who received them. He now had a purpose resulting in publishing a book titled, "365 Thank You's: The Year A Simple Act Of Gratitude Changed My Life."

Another example is a woman named Peace Pilgrim. From 1953 to 1981 she walked over 25,000 miles spreading the message of world, group and inner peace. This was her purpose.

Each one of us is given the same gift, the gift of life. The clock is ticking. For those who say they have no time to do what they love, a friend once stated to me, "If a person doesn't make the time to do what he/she wants to do, they aren't that passionate about it."

Therefore, I would rather get into bed at night knowing I spent five minutes that day writing than not at all. What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to know in my heart I have taken a stop toward my goal of perhaps writing and publishing a book or booklet(s). Although my final destiny is up to a Higher Power, that's okay with me, for I love a mystery! Sincerely, Sparklea

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      RYEM and ROSALINEUM:

      THANK you so much! I pray I can encourage as many as possible to seek and to follow their purpose in life. I just read a quote today, 'Hmm, I'm dying tomorrow, what shall I do TODAY?" VERY PROFOUND. The writer was trying to encourage people to not put off what they want to do.

      God bless you both, Sparklea :)

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      Rosalinem 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      So beautifully written and a great encouragement to follow one's passion.

      Voted up!

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Sparklea, this hub is super beautiful and it's a true inspiration. I've always been one to follow what my heart says to do and it can lead to me do crazy things sometimes. The satisfaction at the end is worth it though. You put a great message online today!

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Unknown Spy: You, TOO, are a wonderful, genuine inspiration. I thank God for your presence on HubPages.

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

      you're so sweet Sparklea. yeah, agreed to that. You're such a strong woman. Thanks for being an inspiration.

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Unknown Spy: THANK YOU for visiting this hub! I know many people who do not have a purpose, and they are like bobbins floating on a lake. In the meantime the gift of a new day is passing them by...or should I say they are not paying attention to the wonderful blessings in them and all around them. You are doing SO MUCH GOOD with your presences on HubPages. God bless you real good today and always, Sparklea :)

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

      you really put a lot of food for thought in this hub Sparklea. we all have purpose, its up to us to unravel and make our purpose more meaningful.

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      EuroNinila: THANK YOU for your positive feedback, so much appreciated! I believe passion to an "igniter" of action. Purpose gives us a reason to get up in the morning and, like I said, the clock is ticking!

      Really grateful you took time to read this hub. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      "If a person doesn't make the time to do what he/she wants to do, they aren't that passionate about it." I love it. If you want to do something, you will do it, no doubt about it, and if you don't do it, then you must not really want to!

      Loved this hub you can inspire a lot of people with this :)

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, Vinaya, I have read Victor Frankl's book, and he is a great testimony, after what he went through! In fact,

      I have read several books written by Holocaust survivors, whose purpose was but one thing: to survive, to live!

      I so much appreciate your taking time to read this, and I thank you from my heart for your feedback. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      “Man must have meaning in his life,” said Viktor E. Frankl, Austrian Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry and the author of Man’s Search for Meaning. According to him when we have purpose, our life will be easy, and long.

      Thanks for sharing life's wonderful lesson.

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      teacherjoe52 Thank you so much for reading my hub. Yes, I agree the best purpose in life is to have a deep relationship with Jesus. Then everything else will fall into place. I could not live without Jesus in my heart. Blessings, always, Sparklea :)

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Very good Sparklea.

      Personally, God has had many purposes in my life, all of them unexpexted.

      Each one has drawn Him closer to Him.

      The best purpose in life is to have a deep relationship with Jesus,

      God bless you.

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      HowToLoveOne: THANK YOU so much for your comments, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! Blessings, Sparklea :) Do what you love and love what you do! Don't waste your life doing something you hate and where it is using up minutes of your precious existence :)

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      Joshua Pine 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This is beautiful! Work should feel like play, if you follow your heart you'll know what your purpose is. Thumbs up!

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      sunkentreasure: you are SO RIGHT, have something to look forward to every day! Everyone of us needs to get out of bed every morning with a purpose and a plan to achieve it. THANK you for the beautiful response and for reading my hub. Blessings always, Sparklea :)

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      BERNARD LEVINE 5 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      ALWAYS HAVE A DREAM By BERNARD LEVINE

      Follow your heart

      to the path of greatness

      that lies within you.

      The secret of life

      is to have something

      to look forward to

      everyday.

      Find a dream that excites you

      and make plans

      of how you are going

      to achieve it.

      Feed your mind daily

      with positive energy

      and words of inspiration.

      Take your life to a higher level.

      Stay focused and go forward

      with your eyes on the prize.

      When you run towards your destination

      with passion in your heart

      you will see your dreams come true.

      © Bernard Levine

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Larry: You are such a genuine, sincere individual! Yes, we all have responsibilities, which is different from purpose. My personal opinion is that you love to write or you would not be on HubPages. Have you ever thought of logging your experience about almost dying and turning it into a speech or booklet to encourage others? The surgeon saying to you, "Somebody is not through with you yet"...perhaps you need to tell your story. Just a thought! If you love to write on HubPages, you ARE doing something you love. Blessings that follow is a bonus: comments from other hubbers, enjoying reading other hubs, as well as your positive feedback. Your comments have been a HUGE source of encouragemnent to this hubber! THANK YOU for your lovely note, as always, and keep writing those hubs! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Larry Wall 5 years ago

      Sparklea:

      You have raised an issued that has perplexed me for years. I have no idea what my purpose is. I know my responsibilities to my family, friends, co-workers (when I had a job) my church, etc. But despite having almost dying once and being told by surgeon that "somebody is not through with you yet." I still do not know my purpose. I commend you for your self-assurance, it is a testament to your faith and abilities. As always, your Hubs are thought provoking and interesting.

      Larry

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      dallaswriter, I so appreciate your comment to my above hub! I am sorry this reply is so late, I was extremely new to HubPages, and I am now re-checking my hubs to make sure I have acknowledged all comments. THANK YOU for your input, means alot. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Sparklea 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      To J Burgraff THANK YOU so much, I truly appreciate your input. Blessings, Sparklea

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      dallaswriter 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Love it, love it, love it! I can tell that you really love to add valid to those around you! Thanks so much for sharing this.....

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      J Burgraff 6 years ago

      I guess my purpose in life was to read your hub today. I'm good with that.