For A Life With Meaning
Do you feel the life you’re living is full of activity but somewhat empty when it comes to satisfaction?
If life is good then you’re connection with friends and family is all you’d ask for and life is full enough of fun activities to keep your spirits up and give you a sense of community and pleasure. Financially you’re secure – it’s always nice to have more, but at the moment you’ve got enough to feel safe. Work is OK to good and though it doesn’t set you on fire it pays the bills and isn’t too difficult to cope with. You’ve got interests and hobbies that you enjoy – yes, it would be nice to have more time to pursue them, but that’s life.
If life is not so good, then you may be feeling a bit isolated from those around you – you turn up to activities, but you don’t feel connected: they’re not really your kind of people and the event is not really your kind of thing. Financially you’re struggling – there never seems to be enough money for you to feel safe. And work is awful. You know the job or company are not a good fit with you, or maybe you’ve been there too long but there are no other opportunities and you feel stuck, or maybe you can’t afford to move. Dragging yourself into work every day just drains your energy and leaves you feeling low and washed out – no time or energy for interests or hobbies.
For most people life will be a mixture of good and not so good and it will be busy. But if your life is busy and you still feel that something is missing, you may be looking for your life purpose without even being aware.
Life purpose is a sense of alignment with yourself that goes beyond being comfortable in your own skin - it’s a sense that you are expressing what you are here to be and do in every area of your life. Knowing your life purpose allows you to bring your essence into the world in a way that makes a positive contribution.
But it’s not always easy to find.
“What should I do with my life?” is a question that can take a lot of investigation and uncovering to answer. And it’s a heart and gut answer that’s required, rather than an intellectual exercise. Sometimes it seems so big a challenge that people give up before they even get started: there seem to be so many simple questions but getting the answers can sometimes seem impossible.
Or sometimes you may feel you’ve cracked it, only to discover that what you thought was your life purpose doesn’t seem to work any longer.
Your life purpose will be constant, but the activities by which you express it may change over time as you grow and develop and acquire new skills and life experiences. After all, the way you would do a thing in your 20s will be different to the way you would do the same thing in your 50s – experience will allow you to see the same thing in a different way. But you need to know your life purpose in the first place.
And the search for life purpose will intensify at different points in your life: life changing events like bereavement or ill health, reaching a certain age or redundancy can all precipitate a search for meaning (if you don’t already have it).
Wherever you are in your life and whatever may have prompted your search for life purpose, grab the opportunity and the rewards will be great: less stress, a feeling of being more centred in yourself and more comfortable in your own skin, and the knowledge that, at the end of your life you will fulfilled your potential. It’s not a guarantee of an easy life, but that sense of purpose will help you overcome the lumps and bumps that life throws your way.
Discover how close you are to living your Life Purpose in this free quiz.
When it comes to Life Purpose, I've been there, done that, got the T-shirt. After years of searching for my own Life Purpose though a journey which included: personal assistant, complementary therapist, granny-in-law, I finally found my life purpose under my nose! As a life purpose mentor, I finally feel as though I've arrived. As you can imagine, I've learned a lot along the way - and I'd love to pass it all on, because once you've pinned down your life purpose, life gets a whole lot better.
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