Why Knowing Your Life’s Purpose is Important
According to the dictionary, the definition of purpose is:
1. the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
2.a person's sense of resolve or determination.
Do we exist to make art? Perhaps, but I would argue that for most of us our purpose is to live a useful life, support our family and ourselves, provide some value to those around us. We might extend that to be a good parent, a good employer or employee, a good local citizen, a good friend. In other words, our highest purpose might be to live an extra-ordinary ORDINARY life.
Living with any of these purposes would be entirely at odds with say quitting our jobs to make biodegradable vases - unless of course we had a contract with The Home Shopping Network and could count on selling a bajillion of them.
On this blog, C'est la belle vie means "oh what a life" and the motto is "Life's a journey, enjoy the ride."
It means, that if all goes well, life is not a sprint, or even a marathon...instead it's a hike and we need to enjoy the putting of one foot ahead of another , or we're going to be miserable. And at the end of road, we want to be able to look back and say yes, that was a good life.
But how do we know where we want to go, and how to get there? How do we make sure that we are following the right road - at least most of the time and not moving too fast or too slowly?
I believe that the guiding framework is our sense of purpose - the values and guidelines that caution us against quitting our jobs because our boss looked at us cross-eyed and says - it's ok - my purpose is to gain skills and financial stability while I prep myself for my next move.
Or, yes my boss is a terrible person, but I have a responsibility to pay my mortgage and feed my family, so for moment, I am going to let it go, while I carefully plot my next move.
Having a purpose of responsibility makes handling the day to day slings and arrows of life a lot more palatable.
How do we find our purpose? You dig deep, and deeper still. You ask yourself questions, and you answer honestly. You think about the answers.
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we may find ourselves pushing these questions aside. After all, there is work to be done, homework to oversee, dinners to be made, carpools to driven, plans to be made.
But without making time to consider out life plan - or purpose - we may find ourselves no where we want to be a few years from now, or even a few months for now.
I think it's pretty important to think about what our life purpose should be - an overarching framework that helps guide us on our journey so we don't take too many detours.