Seriously, what if finding your purpose is about finding and nurturing yourself? . . . You are the light. Your inner purpose is to connect with that light. Everything else will follow in time. -Kris Carr
Those of you who keep up with my blog know I often reflect on my purpose in life, that grand joy of knowing I am fulfilling my task on earth, that I am accomplishing what I’m supposed to before I leave this earthly world, that I get to it before it’s too late. What a lot of pressure that is. I’m not sure why I do that other than “life’s purpose” seems to be the buzz in our world today. We are given the idea that once we find purpose all things with be calm just like in the Christmas carol, “. . . all is calm, all is bright.” I expect this new found purpose to bring peace to my ever galloping mind. I expect to then know I am connected to the universal mind and that I am God-realized., and that I will finally sit cross-legged in meditation radiating the glow of perfection.
Geez, give it a rest. I remember one friend wrote after reading one of my blogs on this same issue a couple years ago that he believed his purpose in life was to feed animals because at that time he had a horse, two dogs, dozens of stray cats, wild birds, and whatever else showed up at his ranch. That actually seemed like a great purpose to me. Another friend said she felt our purpose is to find happiness. I also thought that was a great thought. However, even though I heard, I didn’t apply. I sort of slip away without taking the belief to heart. Well, ta da . . . I finally get it.
Kris Carr just wrote about this issue in her blog, The Myth of Finding Your Purpose. While reading it, that magic light bulb lit. I’m sure Jim can see it above my head as I write. Purpose isn’t connected to someone else’s expectation, or what you may accomplish. Maybe our purpose is about ourselves. I know that doesn’t sound new but what I mean is, and I got this right from Chris, our purpose isn’t external it’s internal. We don’t have to tie it to something we’ve done or accomplished but rather our purpose is about taking care of our inner self which includes our spirit, our energy, our body, and our mind.
So my new year’s resolution is to quit worrying about whether I know my purpose because really I do. I am still going to sit in meditation each morning. I’m still going to hope I may be doing something useful for the world but beyond that, I’m going to love myself and enjoy life. I’m letting go of the pressure. PEACE!