A True Purpose in Life

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"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes real happiness. It is not obtained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
~ Helen Keller


Back to square one… your purpose in life. What is your purpose in this lifetime? What have you done with your life? What really matters to you? What have you given back? Is your life about making money? Is it about the prestige, the kind of car you drive, the career you have, the house you live in? So many life props… so many externals… so many material things that wedge themselves between what is most important… your true purpose in life.

The distractions we face are limitless. Many of us would love to go back to a time when life was much simpler. A time when material things, commercialism and technology wasn't the focus of our lives. Today, technology and commercialism have consumed the focus and lead us off the path of what really matters… time spent wisely.

Are you consumed with the pressures to make more money and live just to make money. "If I can just make more money, everything will be all right." "If I can just have all the material things I want, life will be amazing." "If I can just pay all the bills and get myself out of debt, I will be happy." But all too often, you spend more than you bring in (shopping to relieve stress), and in the process you become your own worst enemy. You could be out of debt or happy if you "choose" to be- it is your choice. And the reason for your confusion or dysfunction is NOT because of externals and what you do not have- it is about the choices YOU are making in life. You do not have to be the "enemy" and defeat the true purpose of your life. Stop asking, "What am I going to GET out of life" and start learning to GIVE back." The purpose of life is NOT about "What's in it for me."

So many of us would like to have a less complicated life… a life of time… and getting back to what really matters and what is real. What do material possessions really mean- when one can lose it all in the blink of an eye? What then are you left with? Do the material things in your life really mean that much to you? Ask yourself this question, "While you spend you life digging for your gold (selfishness), how many precious moments in life have you missed by not sharing yourself?"

Another factor that attributes to useless days gone by is all the "pity parties" you throw for yourself… day after day after day. Consumed by self-loathing you bathe in your tears- not even seeing the world that's around you and those who are less fortunate (by giving a little of your time). Perhaps you feel the world owes you something, but yet you give nothing in return. By choice you've refused to remove the pathetic blinders you've placed upon yourself. Instead, you smother your valuable time by focusing on yourself… wallowing in your own demise- planting nothing but shame, guilt, anger, and resentment. There is more to life than playing hostess at your pity party. Is this what you want to be remembered for? Think about this… YOU shut yourself off from finding a greater purpose in life. And if you have found the purpose in life… awesome- continue giving back and helping others because the rewards come back tenfold.

A purpose in life doesn't cost you a penny. True giving, whether it's money or your time comes from the heart- you don't think twice about it. And for those who are familiar with the "truth" know that a purpose doesn't cost them a dime- because it comes back. You spend nothing to obtain true happiness. Giving of yourself costs nothing in comparison to spending your energy on selfishness. What are you doing to make a difference? What have you planted?

"Judge each day not by the harvest, but by the seeds that you plant."
~ Anonymous

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