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How to Find Your Purpose in About 30 Seconds

Updated on December 8, 2021

Your life is blessed; share it with the world

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“This is the true joy in Life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a might one…the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
George Bernard Shaw, “Man and Superman”

If you wonder what your purpose is, wonder no more. Your purpose is clear: Nature has endowed you with the desire to reproduce and to survive. That’s your basic purpose on this planet. Yet, there are higher levels of purpose as well. And even though they are also natural, you must choose them. Like picking clothes from your closet each morning.

Once you understand your basic purpose, you can move from a reactive/responsive mind set (reacting/responding to outer circumstances) to a creative mind set. You become the dominant creative force in your life. You move from basic purpose to calling to mission. But first, your journey, beyond reproduction, is as follows:

To seek truth. Seeking truth is a basic survival mechanism. It's also the way to understand your own higher levels of existence. It comes from many places so be open to it, even if it's unpleasant now and then. The truth can hurt--and often does. Seek it anyway.
To enjoy life, to play. Playing is found in most of the higher animals, including humans. It’s health-giving and life-affirming. And it’s necessary. Play moves you in the direction of higher existence. Increase your daily laughter. It heals.
To be of service to the world. This is the highest level of purpose. You are serving the world on different levels all the time. Your daily life impacts those around you even if you aren’t aware of it. The most menial tasks support the rest of the community. And to be consciously in service is to have attained the highest level of purpose one can reach. It not only serves the world; it will expose areas of selfishness, greed, and laziness that you may have kept hidden. Look at them courageously. They can be great teachers--perhaps even your BEST teachers.

The point is to help you develop the purpose-filled mind set, to understand how important your contributions are, even the ones you never think about. As your mind set becomes one of creative purpose, your calling will become clear, your mission will unfold, and you’ll never again wonder why you’re here.

"Your daily life is your temple and your religion." Kahlil Gibran


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Richard Kent Matthews

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