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How to Find Your Purpose in About 30 Seconds

Updated on July 1, 2016

Your life is blessed; share it with the world

“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


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      Richard Kent Matthews 8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      If it's not too personal, what part of the world are you in? I am in the Pacific Northwest of the US and we are just beginning a long warm spell. The flowers are coming up, the cherry blossoms are on the trees, blowing around like pink snow. I noticed the first sprigs of green in my backyard 'big plant' garden. The plants are incredible when full size. As I look upon all of this wonderful stuff happening before my eyes, I remember that the universe is a deliberate act.

      Evolution in a nutshell: First there was nothing. Then rocks turned to meat and started to think.

      Genesis in a nutshell: It all happened in six days and then the creator got angry at his best work.

      Both are absurd. The truth is, there could be no meaning in the universe without beings like us to appreciate it. Original Sin? Hardly. Try Original Blessing.

      Enjoy your Spring!

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      Whikat 8 years ago

      Looking forward to it Richard, I also wanted to report that getting out in the sunshine and going to the park with my daughters raised my vibrations and cleared my head. Thanks for the tips.

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      Richard Kent Matthews 8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      Thanks again. I have only been testing the waters here. I see that what I am writing about is touching a few people. I am going to (as chef Emeril Lagasse says) kick it up a notch within the next few days. if you have enjoyed what you've see so far, get ready to enjoy even more.

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      Whikat 8 years ago

      Richard, I am so enjoying your hubs, I still have more to read, but I am already a big fan. I will return later to read some more. Right now I am going to move into a higher existence and go play with my little girls at the park, it sure is a beautiful day.. :-)

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      Richard Kent Matthews 8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      goldeye_78: You are right. And creativity serves us best when it serves others. Many blessings...

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      goldeye_78 8 years ago

      Our greatest gift is creativity. Once we have found piece within and that exhileration for life through our creativity we rise up to our full human potential and achieve happiness and success. Great hub!

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you a gentle, informative hub. I enjoyed the Kahlil Gibran quote.

      I have enjoyed much of his writings.