Finding One’s Purpose
“On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance you.
And when your eyes freeze behind the gray window and the ghost of loss gets into you, may a flock of colors, indigo, red, green and azure blue come to awaken you a meadow of delight.
When the canvas of thought and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you, may there come across the waters a path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life.”
John O’Donohue, Anam Cara – A book of Celtic Wisdom
In a recent professional – personal development workshop the presenter asked the question “what do you feel your purpose is at this point and time in your life?” The question “What is your purpose?” resonated with me because at this stage in my life, it is a significant question. We all have unique gifts, talents and strengths and I feel were placed on this earth to share those unique gifts.
As I began to discern the question, I started to mine my own life story for any major threads and themes that may reveal my lifelong gifts, passions, and values. As I was reflecting on my own life story, I decided what I needed to do is a create a Purpose Inventory, sort of like a annual health and wellness checkup. Within this Purpose Inventory would embrace my Exterior and Interior life, my Being (Spiritual) with the outcome of a process to interpret and integrate actions to move my life purpose forward.
Purpose is essential to our well-being. It is what makes us human, and it provides us the will to live. It gives us a reason to get up in the morning. Purpose is fundamental to our health, healing, happiness, and longevity. A constant in the lives of people who experience a sense of well-being are the moments of meaning…what I call the “purpose moments.”
I for one want my life to matter and to continue to live intentionally. As I reflect back on individuals who had a purpose moment, the first person that comes up for me is Rosa Parks… she had a purpose moment that ultimately changed a nation. That one single act of intention paved the way for the civil rights movement in the United States.
With that, the wanting for my life to matter, another important element is “Meaning”… the search for meaning is fundamental to all of us. There are times we hesitate to examine our search for meaning, or if we do, it is a result of a crisis, an illness, a death, divorce or a loss of a job. We take life for granted…. that being said, crisis can certainly be a catalyst for purpose moments and purpose moments bring us face to face with the big questions, such as “What am I meant to do here and How will I live my life, intentionally, on purpose?”
So, what is your purpose? Whether you explore this question publicly or privately, it is vital to your health, healing, wholeness, and your holiness that you examine the question, because what ultimately shapes your life are the questions you ask, fail to ask, or never dream of asking. It is our/your questions that will shape our humanity.
Key Reflection Questions: (important to note here, you will notice something releasing in you as you share your responses to your experience and story)
In the last 24 hours:
- How did I begin to explore the essence of my purpose?
- What did I discover?
- What are the intentions do I have for my life purpose?
- What is it that keeps my heart beating?
- What was it like to feel my energy as I bring my purpose to the world?
As you spend time with one or more of these reflection questions, describe your insights and discoveries and how you will integrate your new awareness of your being. Focus your awareness inside of yourself, to an area where you find calm and ease. Be gentle, locate a positive sensation(s), accept yourself as you are today and take all the time you need.
For more information about the “Purpose Inventory” assessment, you can reach out to Will Wiebe…see contact information below: