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What is your life purpose?

February 08, 2015

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This question, when thought about for even a minute, begins your inquiry. If this question tugs at your insides, if no question is more important, then we can engage in a meaningful conversation. I was asked to write a quote about Purpose in honor of the CLBLive HOA video show, on which I was a panelist this past weekend, where the conversation was more than rich. I came up with the following: “When we have purpose, we are our own lighthouse.” I think this quote came to me, because it describes the very nature of my inquiry, as each of the panelists’ quotes did theirs. My purpose in life, which words can only point at, is acting in accordance with the flow of life by trusting my inner guidance. I believe this will allow me to live to my fullest potential, my own inner light guiding me each step of the way.

Notice that I said, “each” step and not “every.” This is a fine but critical distinction. You see, for me Trust doesn’t mean shoring up my will and believing in some long-term, already established, grand divine plan. (That gives us no choice and and discourages us from questioning.) No, I’m saying that I only have to trust enough to take my very next step—trust that when I jump into the water, it will hold me up. Then I take the next step … then the next … and then the one after that …. In my experience, that’s a lot more manageable than the alternative.

My inner guidance is akin to headlights continually illuminating the small patch of road just in front of me, allowing me to cruise right along in alignment with my purpose. I’m not looking a mile down the road; I don’t have to. Doing so could distract me. My focus remains in the present, on what’s right in front of me, on the very next task at hand. This doesn’t mean that I don’t plan or think about the future. On the contrary. Letting ourselves be guided in each moment allows the best possible plan—and future—to materialize. Think about it. We can’t take action in the future. We can only take action in the now.

Another way of saying all this, is that living our purpose helps us to find clarity. It has helped me to realize all of the above, which is no small thing. With clarity, even when life is painful, we don’t have to suffer. I think that suffering comes from having lack of clarity (definitely a topic all its own). Sure, I miss the mark at times. But if I know anything, I know that when we embrace our life purpose, everything—whether we choose to believe so or not—will fall right into place.

Enjoy “The Power of Purpose” #CLBLive Season Two Premiere, with Host Christine L. Bowen, and panelists: Nora Whalen, Jessica Dewell, Pastors Regyna and James Cooper and Gail Harris.

 


2 Responses to “What is your life purpose?”

  1. WOOOHOO – I missed this show, but will ‘replay’ it soon 😉

    “My inner guidance is akin to headlights continually illuminating the small patch of road just in front of me, allowing me to cruise right along in alignment with my purpose. I’m not looking a mile down the road; I don’t have to. Doing so could distract me. My focus remains in the present, on what’s right in front of me, on the very next task at hand. This doesn’t mean that I don’t plan or think about the future. On the contrary. Letting ourselves be guided in each moment allows the best possible plan—and future—to materialize. Think about it. We can’t take action in the future. We can only take action in the now.”

    BRILLIANT, Gail #HUGS

    Kitto

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