You might say that I have a weird life’s purpose. It seems to me that people have something specific in mind when they speak of their own, i.e.,”I want to become a doctor so I can help heal inner-city youth,” or, “I want to achieve an income of $350,000 per year by the time I reach age 33.”
Mine goes something like this: “I want to spread love and joy to everyone I meet.” Sounds pretty Pollyanna-ish, doesn’t it?
And everybody has a “why” nowadays: “Why do I work so hard? So I can provide good things for my baby girl,” or “Why do I spend so much time volunteering at the shelter? So I can save every homeless animal in this county.”
While everybody else’s “why” sounds valid and logical, if you asked me, “Why do you want to spread love and joy to everyone you meet?” I would say, “Because it feels good.”
My purpose and my why are both very general, but maybe that’s why they are so easy to stick to. It’s very easy to tell when I’m straying from the path, because I don’t feel good or I’m harboring very unjoyful thoughts. You might think that I have very little accountability built into my purpose and why, but I can tell how I feel every waking moment, so I know if I’m living my purpose or not.
Do you have a quirky life’s purpose or take on life? And are you satisfied with where you’ve been and where you’re going?
I’ve got to give a shout-out to Keith Haginn, who appears as “Reader of the Month” in Project Light to Life. He’s got a rare outlook and inspires authenticity.