When my kids were younger a phrase I invariably heard on an almost daily basis was “YOU DID THAT ON PURPOSE!” (yes, it was usually yelled loudly and with the sound of running feet thrown in the mix as well).
Purpose: to set as an aim, goal or intention; determination or resoluteness.
Yep…that sounds about right. In the case of my hooligans, someone set about the business of pissing someone else off and carried it out with a rather admirable determination.
Ahhh…if only that energy would have been channeled more appropriately.
My purpose at that point was usually peace and quiet and so I would yell at the offender and play referee in order to have my goal met: said peace and quiet.
Funny how in those seemingly mundane, everyday situations the purpose is clear. Everyone involved had a clear intention and went about making it happen…
Also funny how we don’t have that same intention as we move through life. We don’t approach our lives with the same on purpose mentality.
And there’s a reason for this: We don’t know what we want and why we want it.
And that’s not your fault…really.
Life has a funny way of taking over…well…your life. Somehow you end up on a track and you just keep going ’round and ’round on that track without a purpose in mind.
When is the last time that you took the time to figure out what your “life on purpose” looks like?
A Life that embraces your values, a life that follows your heart and intuition, a life that feels satisfying and fulfilling…a life to be savored and relished.
Here are some strategies to get you started:
- List your top 3-5 values
- Write down what you don’t want in your life (it’s often easier to start with what you don’t want and get it out of the way)
- Write down on a piece of paper “What Do I Feel Called To Do?” (this is your great work) and start writing words and phrases (don’t worry about complete sentences)
You will go through some clutter on the last step…keep plugging away. When you hit it, it will strike a deep resonanting chord…promise 🙂
The purpose of life is a life of purpose~Robert Byrne
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