Redefining Purpose

Do you what your PURPOSE is?

For me, the answer is “no” and “yes”. Do I know what my singular “PURPOSE for being in the world” is? No, I don’t. And yes, I do know some things that I would call a purpose, but I feel like there are other things that I might not know yet.

That’s why I love the concept of Regenerative Purpose as laid out by Wendy May in her book of that same title: Regenerative Purpose: The Dynamic Nature of How We Choose Work.

I hear many people lament the fact that they “don’t know what they want to do” or “don’t know what their PURPOSE is”.

Ms. May looks at purpose from a very different perspective, one that significantly resonates with me:

“Purpose happens when a need that we are uniquely equipped to serve presents itself to us, and we are present enough to respond.”*

Purpose is not PURPOSE, a single thing, a sole mission, something that you must find and follow to the exclusion of all else. Purpose is using the gifts, skills, and talents that you have in a way that serves others when the need presents itself. And that can be just about anything.

Purpose can be a simple as having a conversation with someone who needs to hear your specific story or advice at that moment.

You take the opportunity to have the conversation, give advice or lend support, and you’ve served your purpose in that moment.

It also means that we can serve, have purpose in almost any situation, relationship, or job.

I confess that I haven’t read the whole book yet. It’s not, for me, a book to be rushed through. So far, I’m uplifted, intrigued, and freed from the burden of finding my PURPOSE. I don’t agree with everything, but honestly, even if you only read through Chapter 2 or 3, you’ll walk away with a whole new perspective on purpose and life.

Ms. May goes on to describe the four themes that help us identify purpose in our lives: Feeling good about being oneself, feeling good about helping others, experiencing ease in taking action, and experiencing magic and feeling supported.*

I love these checkpoints because what they describe to me is being in alignment with your Higher Self.

And that’s really what purpose is: Being in alignment with your Higher Self and responding to the world around you from that perspective.

And that changes from day to day and year to year. It’s not a singular purpose, although some of us may have that. It’s being purposeful.

So, no, I may not have a specific PURPOSE, but I am grateful to be able to live a purposeful life.

I’m wishing you the blessing of being purposeful today, my friend.

With light and love,

*May, W. 2019. Regenerative Purpose: The Dynamic Nature of the Way We Choose Work, Kaistra.

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