“It is a greater mistake to err in purpose, in aim, in principle, than in our method of attaining them. The method may readily be modified; to change the purpose may upset the whole plan of our life. It is easier in mid-ocean to vary the course of the ship than to change the cargo.” ~ William George Jordan
So much of life depends upon a clarity of purpose, yet so little time is devoted in the education of our children to draw forth a clear sense of purpose from each one. More time, it seems to me, is focused on the methods of achieving, than on the formation of a clearly articulated and individualized life purpose. Achieving, as it were, is more highly prized than being.
Surface purposes abound, and humanity expends countless calories in the pursuit of frivolous aims, yet how few, how precious few consecrate themselves to the actualization of their individualized expression and the realization of the fundamental and timeless goal: “as above, so below.” Rather than allow the circumstances and relationships at hand to be contact points for the radiation of their inner qualities and intrinsic nature, they seek to derive a sense of value and meaning from the outside in, mistakenly believing that the perfect arrangement of people and things will bring happiness.
You needn’t look far to see that such an approach is futile. Evidence of the failure of the outside-in approach is available at every turn. Take the United States, for example. No group of people has ever spent their way into happiness. Momentary satiety, yes, but never happiness.
Happiness and fulfillment come as life purpose is translated from invisible potential to visible manifestation. No one can tell you what your purpose is, and to accept another’s vision of your purpose is a fool’s errand. Happiness arrives only on the heels of personal radiance, of outward expression, from the core of you out into the world you are privileged to center. If you settle for less, say contentment or satisfaction, you will have your reward and I wish you well. If your innermost longings cannot be assuaged by the understudies of happiness, that is, contentment and satisfaction, you’re almost there.
If you can articulate the question, you can discover the answer.
And in this case, the answer comes invariably from within.