A clear cut sense of purpose is the key to effectiveness in living. Childhood is meant to be the time where purpose comes to light. Purpose, as I have mentioned before, is not something that another can give you. Others may serve as guides, pointing to your purpose in a general sense, but it is up to every individual ultimately to discover his own purpose.
The golden years of your life are now, despite the widespread belief that they are naught but a phase you go through late in life. Your life, every life, is meant to be an ongoing process of creative activity. Sure, you can dilly-dally, taking your sweet time to connect your life energies with your life purpose, but why? The sooner you line up the two, the more productive – truly productive – you will be during your stay here on earth.
Acting without purpose is frenzy. Failing to act when you know you should act is indignity. Make no mistake: you cannot wear your crown of individuality in truth if there is hesitancy in action or a refusal to do the right thing, at any cost. Consider this passage from William George Jordan:
“He who, from sheer lack of purpose, drifts through life, letting the golden years of his highest hopes glide empty back into the perspective of his past while he fills his ears with the lorelei song of procrastination is working overtime in accumulating remorse to darken his future. He is idly permitting the crown of his individuality to remain an irritating symbol of what might be rather than a joyous emblem of what is. This man is reigning, for reign he must, but he is not—ruling.”
And one more…
“Let us reign a king over our individuality by conquering every element of weakness within us that keeps us from our best and raising every element of strength to its highest power by living in simple harmony with our ideals. We should begin it today. Today is the only real day of life for us. Today is the tomb of yesterday, the cradle of tomorrow. All our past ends in today. All our future begins in today.”
You can be a ruler, that is, have dominion over your fields of responsibility if you so choose. How, you may ask? We’ll discover an important first step tomorrow.