I am so inspired by my passion and purpose. I’m eager to share this blog post with you. First, I keep thinking about a conversation that I had over the holidays with my dad. His recommendations largely influence my audiobook selection (which I've been crushing, by the way, my rate is 2-3 books/ month right now). As you can imagine, we have some interesting conversations. The conversation that keeps popping into my mind questioned our purpose here on earth and where we are headed as the human race. In this blog, I am going to share my perspective on purpose and address how integrating the idea of purpose into your life can create a wellspring of joy.
Recently, my dad and I both finished the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind. I texted him, and I told him the book was changing my life. It was changing my perspective on how I see the world in regards to emotion, health, business, and purpose. The history of becoming the most dominant race of Homo’s triggered my brain to consider new meanings of everything that I already perceived. I highly encourage you to read (or listen) to the book and develop your insight.
We are constantly trying to advance or enhance things to make our lives easier. It’s what homo sapiens do. In the meantime, as we were “making our lives easier,” we have lost sight of some major things. Although our lives are “easier,” are we healthier? Are we happier? Are we more ethical?
The human race’s purpose is to evolve. It may very well be to make our lives easier. I believe the purpose is simply to evolve. We continue the cycle of life and humans continue to progress into the most advanced beings that we continually prove to become. We evolved from hunter-gatherers; we evolved from farming; we evolved into industrious cities, and we evolved into a culture governed by technology.
Individually, we only live on average around 75 years. So, we only witness those years we are alive, which doesn’t provide us with all that much of a window of change. I believe that individually we each have a purpose. For years we are here on the planet, we play a part in the evolution process. Deep down you know what your purpose is. It’s not always easy to access. For me, it’s was not easy to identify, however, I was still able to access it. Some people go their entire life not identifying their purpose.
There is an excellent description of the book “What Color is Your Parachute.” I love this book for many reasons, especially the title and that it’s what helped me clearly identify my life’s purpose. If you were to complete the statement “when I finish my life, I want there to be more _________ in the world because I lived.” What would you fill in? Pause here and ask yourself. Jot down your answer.
In the book, they break down purpose (& mission) into nine kingdoms.
The first is the mind. That blank up there would say something like knowledge, truth, and clarity.
The second is the body. That blank would be something along the lines of wholeness, fitness, and health.
The third is the eyes and other senses, and that blank would resonate with beauty and the arts.
The fourth is the heart, and that blank would incorporate love and compassion.
Fifth is the will or conscience, and that blank would sound like morality, justice, righteousness, and honesty.
Sixth is the spirit, and that blank would be filled with faith, compassion, forgiveness, love for a higher power and the human race and all of its facets.
The seventh is entertainment, and that blank would be more laughter, less stress, more perspective, helping people forget their worries.
Eight is our possessions, and the blank would be filled with simplicity, quality rather than quantity, less emphasis on material things.
And ninth is the earth, and the blank would say something like protecting the environment, more exploration of the universe, less exploitation of our resources, more renewable energy.
Go back to what you wrote down. Does it sound like one of these nine?
Your kingdom is the one that resonates the most with you. There may be a few that you are drawn to, or there may be none. Which one suits you best? And if the answer is still none, then I strongly encourage you to explore and write down your philosophy on life.
Based on my past experiences and what naturally draws my attention, I fall into the second kingdom, the body. I am forever going to be in the wheelhouse of making people healthy and whole. Health is what captures me. Finally understanding this for myself was liberating. I didn’t have to focus on everything and anything anymore. All I had to do was hone my skills and strengths to this one purpose. It was a relief. I didn’t have to pretend I was interested in law or politics. I could release myself from spending energy on things that weren’t my purpose and mission. I could focus all of my energy on what I love and what I care about.
We live in a world where we are overstimulated and exhausted. Did you see this show, watch this press conference, read this article, sign up for this newsreel? The list goes on forever. Release yourself from the non-mission and focus on your mission. That is why you are here. You are here to accomplish the mission. Say it out loud. “When I finish my life, I want there to be more _________ in the world because I lived.” And that is where you focus. Your mission is where you invest your time and energy. That is where you set yourself free. That is where you find the wellspring of joy.
If currently you aren’t aligned with that mission, ask yourself how hard it would be to get aligned. Re-aligning is hard and involves a lot of determination. Unless you want that relief and fulfillment in life, you may not see the value of aligning with your mission. And that is okay. If you want to re-align, I am here to help you get there. I am here to help you find that source of joy.
I think of purpose to be something so beautifully profound. The people who have discovered it and aligned themselves with it are the people who are courageous enough to change the world. They are the people who are focused and successful. They are the people who are champions at what they do.
I believe you have a purpose. I know you’re capable of being a champion. I know it’s inside of you. And I will continue to believe that for you until you believe it yourself. You’re highly evolved, and you’re here for a reason.
I am wishing you all a beautiful day full of insight and delight. I hope you feel awe and wonder and may you reflect on your purpose and calling throughout the rest of the month. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or have questions.
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