Purpose is something that I and many people around the world have been searching for all of their lives. Numerous authors, from psychologists to religious leaders, have books on the subject everywhere. It is also the topic of discussion on many television programs. Believe me, I know! I’m the queen of career/purpose books, career tests, and television programming that promise to help readers/viewers to find their purpose.
However, the problem is, after reading all of these books, reviewing results of numerous personality/career “tests,” and watching the shows, I was still left with a feeling of being lost and still did not fully comprehend my purpose.
I prayed and prayed and waited for an answer and continued through my busy life just trying to make it from day to day (sometimes being so “out-of-it” that weeks would go by in the amount of time that only seemed like a few days).
Finally, after starting to meditate, I’ve discovered (to me it was a discovery…ok? :-)) that seeking my purpose outside of myself was an endless search. It could equate to searching for a needle in a haystack the size of China. I was not taking the time to tune out all of the distractions from every day life to go inside of myself to figure out what I was “built” for.
From observing different people, their likes and dislikes, talents, and passions, I’ve come to the conclusion that just as God created our intricately-designed bodies to function a certain way and to thrive under the “right” conditions, the same was done with our internal design…the personality, passions, talents, and likes/dislikes. God makes all of us different in these areas to allow each of us to make our needed contributions to the world.
I started paying more attention to the “silent pulls” inside me towards the things I love and the feelings of aversion when considering doing things I have no skill or affinity for. These things became apparent during the times I spent in meditation with a clear mind and during my “peace time,” as I like to call it.
Purpose can seem like an impossible thing to find sometimes, and some people wonder through life just trying to get by, giving up on finding that fulfilling, passion-inducing purpose. Honestly, I am still trying to pinpoint how I will manifest my purpose, but I now feel it more than ever, now that I am “awake” and paying to attention to God’s presence in me. To me, that part is already an achievement.
I encourage anyone having trouble finding their life’s purpose to take time and patience to just sit in peace and quiet and to clear their minds on a regular basis. Also as you encounter various situations in life, pay attention to how you feel in the situation. Does what you are doing make you feel peace or tension? Do you feel drawn to something in particular? What excites you and makes you feel a calm joy in your being?
By doing that, you will be led to that purpose and the destiny made just for you! I end this post with this original quote: “Feelings and intuition are like breadcrumbs on the path of finding your purpose.”
Peace, blessings, and love.