One of the most important things that you can do in this life is to seek out what the meaning of your life is. No, not the vapor that flies away into the wind, but rather a true purpose for your life.
This is one of the hardest things for people to really understand, but everyone thinks about at one point or another. You may feel it today, while in a cubicle, wasting away another 3 hours of time because you’ve finished your assignments for the week. Or perhaps you’re going to be driving home and you are stuck in traffic, wishing for another life.
What do you do to find something you love, and live outside of the world you’re trapped in?
Without finding a true purpose, you may be harboring things that could kill you. In fact, research indicates that health issues arise when you are not happy.
Could happiness be the key to a fulfilled life?
Scientists are starting to wonder if that’s the key, as they see health benefits come through with joy, laughter, and true happiness.
The purpose in life could manifest a huge change in your health, but how do you get there?
How does one find that perfect purpose, or does it even exist?
That’s the thing, it does, and finding it is a matter of following some steps. While everyone may have a different purpose, the steps could very well be the same across several different elements.
The Starting Line Is Love
Here is the thing, you cannot go forward in this quest if you don’t know what you want or what you love. Seriously. If you’re confused, then you are like many others, in need of stillness. Find a still place. Go to a room where no one is talking, a quiet place. Get a pencil, pen, or any type of writing utensil and a piece of paper. Write down what you love.
Line for line, think about what you truly love, genuinely, in your soul. It may be something tangible, it may be something intangible, but you need to document it. Without documenting this, you’re going to be lost. If you have no love, or you truly do not have anything to write down, then keep thinking. There is something in you that you absolutely love, and you have to find it and write it down.
Find A Way To Resonate The Love
For some, the thing that they love most is cooking. Some love art. Others like to skateboard. Whatever you decide to write should allow you to find a hobby or an action that you can pursue regardless of payment. That is the true meaning of purpose. Some well-known spiritual leaders have been known to use the same adage. The adage of doing what you love, and never having to work again in your life.
What if you could do that? Well, you can, but it starts with finding out what you love and then resonating in that love in a way that helps you become more uplifted. When you are uplifted, you will find that others join you, and that is infectious. Happiness is like a virus, and when it’s fully realized, you will find that a lot of people want to help you achieve your goals and resonate with you.
Build Bridges And Connect Them To Other Lands
Here’s a thought, why not build a proverbial bridge. For the artist, building this means going to the art museums and volunteering. For the skateboarder, it means teaching others how to kick and push. For those that love books, it’s going to the library and helping people learn how to read.
Building bridges mean that you connect with outside elements, even if there’s no one there. Sometimes, just being in a new place, anxiety driven as it may seem, can help you meet someone that will push you or at least enjoy your presence to capture a bit of joy. Often times, people get stuck in insular universes, where they never connect with others. That means you’re an island. An island is lonely, and purpose gets lost when the winds come through and the waves crash into it. Don’t be an island.
Document Your Progress
One of the smartest things that you can do is not just getting out of your comfort zone, and finding passion, but document your progress along the way. Take pictures, write notes, doodle in a notebook, and make sure that you write down what you’ve felt, what you’ve seen, and where you’ve been. This will pay off serious dividends because you will remember things better.
You’ll smile when you think about that painting you love, or you’ll remember that random duck eating bread in the park, there are going to be moments that bring you joy and that will set off the synapses in the brain to give you purpose.
Your purpose is found when you delight in the progress that you’re making, and it’s found when you write things down and document the process. This doesn’t literally mean writing, it can mean photos, videos, notes, podcasts, anything that allows you to share, communicate, and express your thoughts. Even to an audience of yourself.
Keep Moving Forward With Larger Goals
The first tip that was mentioned above was to find your purpose based on love.
What do you love? If you are having a hard time, or you don’t really feel as though you’re progressing in a manner that you’d like to, then perhaps it’s time to focus on a larger goal. Keep moving forward. Build bridges, say hello to people, and try to find the stories of others and see where they are. You’ll be surprised by what happens when you decide to build connections outside of your world. You don’t have to feel stuck, as long as you literally step forward. There’re adages that speak to this. For instance, a journey of thousands of miles begins with 1 step. That’s true.
Once you find a passion, take 1 step at a time, and sooner than later, you’ll be at a mountain top, and your purpose will be sewn through the tapestry of the journey you have gone on.
Remember: Passion + Daily Action = Purposeful Life
Here are some Quotes from famous people about purpose in Life
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Albert Schweitzer
“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.” Ayn Rand
“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” W. Clement Stone
“The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.” John Mason Brown