What is your purpose in life? I don’t know you shrug.
Well most of us don’t. We all have wondered at least once in our lives.
Days even years go by and you wonder: Why am I here? What is my purpose in this life?
Even though you are making big moves in every area of your life, you still feel hopelessly lost and stuck.
You know there is something bigger and better that you can do but no matter how hard you think about it , you just can’t seem to wrap your mind around it.
You’re trying hard to find the one thing.
That one thing you were put on earth to do.
You feel a sense of emptiness and meaningless deep inside of you. And no matter how hard you try, you just can’t make it go away.
You can’t help thinking,
Is it normal to feel this way?
Will you always feel like this?
You so fiercely wish that you could fill that emptiness by living a purposeful life.
Deep down you know that you cannot carry on like this; you know that there is more that you can offer the world.
For so many years I struggled with these same questions. I felt incomplete and knew there was something different – something much bigger.
As a child, I was thought that the purpose of life is to help and serve. So of course if I were to find my purpose I should help and serve I thought.
But I just could not decipher what I should help with and how to serve. So I was left with the same question: what is my true purpose in life is?
I ended up dabbling from one job to another thinking this might be it. This is where I will put both my god given and college educated skills to work. But it never seemed to work. I ended up leaving all those jobs.
Then one day after doing a lot of soul-searching through meditation etc, I came to the realization that I’m so content doing this working with people especially children, I’m very at peace, my soul is at peace when I do that.
Was that it, was that my purpose. I immediately thought of a quote by the Dalai lama: ” Your purpose in life is to be happy” And I was happy doing that.
Now, imagine knowing what your purpose is in this life.
Sit down and take some time to dig deep into yourself and ask yourself these questions. (if you were wondering these are the same questions I asked myself)
- Listen to your life. Draw your life line because every moment in your life is a key moment and I literally mean every moment, from the small memories, the simple gardening that you do every day to the rampant thoughts running through your mind, to the heartbreaks that you experienced and misunderstandings that came your way.
All these are key moments. Evaluate these moments and look at all the things that are similar and repetitive during your lifeline.
When you found these out, ask yourself these questions:
- A. which one of them stood out the most?
- B.Which one of those was your escape when life became overwhelming and overbearing?
- C. Which one of them increased your happiness and changed your mood? In answering these questions you put yourself on the right path to discovering your purpose.
- Hate your job as much as you can.
It’s a good thing to hate your job.
Some of us are in jobs we love, most of us aren’t.
You might have a well-paying job,you might have a job with flexible hours, you might get promoted every 2 – 3 years but somehow you still feel like something is not right, you still feel like there is something bigger and better that you need to do.
You know you have more to offer this world. So if you hate your job, these are the signs that that particular job is not for you and that you need to get out of there as quick as you can.
It is hard to sometimes leave a well-paying job that offers you security for something as uncertain as your true purpose in life. But if you want to fulfill your purpose take on the challenge and discover it.
Living a purposeful life is doing what you love daily.
“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Step outside your bubble.
“Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.”
― Shannon L. Alder
I get it, sometimes it is hard to just look inside and find your purpose.
Well, in that case, you can easily step out of your bubble. Step into the beautiful wide world and mingle more with other people.
By doing this you can figure out what the world needs you for.
How you ask,
It is easy! You can join a local club or do social activities. This is a good way to find out what your purpose is in life.
- Write, write and write some more.
One of the best ways to discover your life’s purpose is through journaling. Jot down what you feel internally. Jot down the emotional turmoil’s, the questions, frustrations etc. and then jot down how you would like your life to be.
Then jot down your everyday activities. Ask yourself is your life momentarily in alignment with the things you so badly desire life to give you?
If not please find a way to change that.
- Serve others.
Tons of research shows that through serving others you can find a sense of purpose in life. Just figure out what is you do best that will be beneficial to others.
These “others” can easily be your family and friends. But if you can find ways to serve people beyond your family and social circle that would be magical and will drastically boost your sense of purpose.
6. Take time to meditate daily and become spiritually aware
We live in an ever changing world, were we are constantly exposed to new trends thrown in our faces by the media. For so many , it is a challenge to develop and sustain a spiritual focus while living in a world focusing and glorifying solely the materialistic .
Being able to detach yourself from this barbaric and sometime chaotic world can help you strengthen your spiritual life and find deep hidden spiritual insights to help you find your soul’s purpose. Finding balance in your everyday doing and still focusing on your spiritual life is the key.
Take time out of your busy day to sit in nature and/or mediate. Meditation quits the mind, it is only when the mind is quit we can look inside of us and find the answers.
“Constantly exposing yourself to popular culture and the mass media will ultimately shape your reality tunnel in ways that are not necessarily conducive to achieving your Soul Purpose and Life Calling. Modern society has generally ‘lost the plot’. Slavishly following its false gods and idols makes no sense in a spiritually aware life.”
― Anthon St. Maarten
So what is it going to be
Imagine getting ready for work, but this time it is not the job at the office, the managerial job or the accountant job, not the job you hate
This time it is the job you love, your true purpose. That one thing you wanted to do all along. But just could not wrap your thoughts around it.
Now you know that you can take control of your life and steer it in the right direction.
Not at all
Do the work, dig into your soul, look deep inside and find your purpose in life. Go out and mingle with others in your community.
The world needs your services and joy.
You’ve got your road-map – now all you need to do is follow it.
Your new purposeful life awaits you.