Your Purpose

I would venture to say that most people go through their lives without ever discovering their true purpose. They keep busy playing out roles in relationships, jobs and social situations, but precious few build up the courage necessary to let their true purpose find the light of day.

You can be bold as a lion or lioness as the case may be. You can break free of the trammels of race, color, creed and precedent. You can be the real you in a world populated by poseurs, mountebanks and cowards. The real question is not if, but when.

Your true purpose is revealed as you give freely of yourself, or as I once heard it put, as you “let love radiate without concern for results.” Your true purpose is not an outfit you piece together from the worn and frayed fabrics of this world, nay, it is uncloaked as you lavish your immediate circumstances with unselfconscious ministrations.

You must, of course, serve those in your world wisely. You must invest conscientiously and package the blessings you give in a way that they are most likely to be received. You must learn to discern the difference between true responsiveness and rapacity. You must develop the capacity, as it was said to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

Revealing true purpose is not for the faint of heart. Neither is it for the covetous, who labor under the conviction that fulfillment can be procured, like love from a prostitute. The revelation of true purpose is reserved exclusively unto those who wish to live a life of consequence, those who cannot be bought and paid for and those to whom all the riches of the world are worth less than an ounce of integrity.

Your invitation to attend the unveiling of your true purpose has been waiting at your doorstep from the moment you were born. The question at this point: are you man or woman enough to open it?

10 thoughts on “Your Purpose

  • There are so many opportunities each day to choose to ignore the road that leads to the fulfillment of that purpose. It’s not enough to just think that we have one or wish that we knew what it was. We must learn the things that block our realization of it so that we can refrain from doing those things. We also have to learn what allows us to know, understand and reveal it (your blog is filled with starting points for this). And at that point, it’s just the beginning. Our purpose is not static. It is a dynamic aspect of ourselves that is intertwined and connected with others. Integrity is essential. We are all captains of our fate and not just victims of some capricious wind.

    • I like the point you made that “[y]our purpose is not static.” Purpose is a dynamic condition and you simply cannot bypass purpose and expect to arrive at fulfillment. You may achieve things here and there, even great things, but no matter how marvelous your accomplishments, they mean nothing if they do not originate in the actualization of your true purpose.

  • Hi Gregg,

    Up early this Saturday morning with some jet lag and excited to read your post this morning.

    I really appreciate you writing about this as it is something I think about all the time. This sentence captured it for me “The revelation of true purpose is reserved exclusively unto those who wish to live a life of consequence, those who cannot be bought and paid for and those to whom all the riches of the world are worth less than an ounce of integrity.”

    I’m ready to step it up!

    James

  • To live on purpose, not as a sentence, kismet or serendipitous is a deliberate effort to stay above the fray. We have some marvelous instruments for navigation. What has our heart has us; “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh”. I don’t think it was meant to be a painful life long search but the present world is often created to obfuscate it’s presence. It’s my wish as well to live my life fulfilling the promise I made.

  • Thanks so much for sharing this with us Gregg. To me I feel that discovering and honoring ones purpose in life is the single most important step in going from a life of unhappiness to a life of true fulfillment. I still remember vividly when I discovered my life’s purpose some 29 years ago, and it obviously changed everything about who I am (as I see myself) and my value to others. It was what led me to true and genuine friendships and relationships.

    Incidentally one should make certain that they don’t mix goals up with purpose. I am a big believer in goals, but they must be in concert and support of your life’s purpose, not the other way around.

  • I think that most people have had some fulfillment in their lives, however fleeting. Living a life of purpose is the sole and and solitary way to experience fulfillment in a permanent way.

    Living a life of purpose is not always easy, although it is not always difficult, either. It is about being able to see the proper path to take in life, the proper opportunities moment to moment. It is about having the wisdom to see these paths and about waiting until the time is right to take them.

    One sentence you wrote really stuck out to me. “Your true purpose…is uncloaked when you lavish your immediate circumstances with unselfconscious ministrations”. Life is magnified when you actively work to leave things better than you found them. That includes physical objects, people, and anything that your life has affect upon. That is one purpose that we all share in common.

  • Indeed that purpose cannot be compromised to any degree and retain its character. It’s the pinnacle of reality, living a life of true purpose and discovering just what purpose actually is. I hope to be making progress in this area as certain unfitting attitudes and elements of character can swiftly distract you from the meaningful life.

    You mention many credible points, and one that I often have been ‘fooled’ by is mistaking rapacity for responsiveness. In the healthcare field, the main job of the clinician who truly aims to help their patient is to offer a series of steps that if taken will provide the best results. Understanding each individual you serve is paramount to knowing how to best get to them, and rapacity or emotionalism is a slippery slope as it often clothes a personality that does not wish to change. People can talk a good game, but walk we all must.

    The art of servitude is intimately tied to finding one’s purpose! Thx for the post!

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