Have you ever wondered — “What on Earth am I here for?” Of course. Who hasn’t wondered about the big questions — “What’s it all about?” “Why am I here?” “What is the ‘Meaning of Life’, after all?”
In finding our life paths and callings, there are three important questions to ask for both ourselves and guiding our children to find a meaningful and purpose driven life —
- What would you do if . . . . it was impossible for you to fail?
- What would you do if . . . . money did not matter?
- What would you do if . . . . you did not care what anyone else thought about what you do?
To find the answers, we need to quiet our minds from the outside noise of the world, be still, and listen to our heart and inner voice; and not allow ourselves to be guided by our ego-driven mind or others’ influence to find the key.
The answer lies within us, we simply need to be still, look, and listen to what our heart tells us. What do you really desire in your life?
This wonderful video via National Geographic featuring the message of Alan Watts provides insights for us all. What would you do if . . . . . . . . . ?
Life is much too short and precious to waste it feeling miserable. Aligning with our real purpose for being here makes all the difference. Helping our children to learn and understand that lesson can help make all the difference in their lives, too. And is more important than anything they will learn during school hours.
So, then — what do you really, truly desire for your life? And for your family? And for your children’s lives?
If unsure how or where to begin finding the answers, start out with these small questions to ask yourself each morning. No pressure. Take a few days, asking yourself calmly each day, and the answers will come. If the same answer immediately comes to mind over and over, you do not need me to tell you that is probably the right one.
- What kind of job or activity would bring me pride, pleasure, and satisfaction?
- What is one thing I do which makes me happy?
- What is one aspect of my job that makes me happy?
- If guaranteed not to fail, what would I do differently in my life?
When you find the answers, then simply begin taking small steps, one at a time, towards reaching any specific goals you may have set. Ask —
- What is one thing, a small step, that I could do today toward reaching my goal?
Then tomorrow, take another small step. And the next day. And the next. Discovering the answers which are truest for you, and then acting on them, is life-changing!
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If you are seeking the purpose of your life, you needn’t look far. Just listen to your heart. Finding your purpose brings a sense of peace and happiness, which can then be shared with family and others.
Share your joy, and be the reason someone smiles today! — Jim (and Red!)
If you enjoyed this piece, you may also enjoy — “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.
“He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” – Buddha
Meet Little Red Bear & His Friends — “Once Upon A Time In A Very Special Woods . . . .”
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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