This week I brought you the story of Edu and that reminded me of an interesting short essay about life purpose that I wrote in September 2013 for the blog of the Ubuntu Network. I am sharing it with you below and hope it brings you good inspirations!
A life of purpose (By Gabi on Monday, September 09, 2013.)
A few days ago a colleague and dear friend suggested I write about the following question: What makes us go on? The world that immediately came to my mind is purpose.
Without a doubt, what keeps me going, what makes me face each day head on in spite of all the mountains I have to climb, of all the bridges I have to build or walls I need to tear down, is remembering my life purpose.
Not all of us have a clear purpose in life. Sometimes it is because we don’t think it’s relevant, sometimes because we still don’t know what it is, or even aren’t sure how to figure it out or simply don’t ask ourselves that question.
In my opinion, there is no such thing as a predestined life purpose. It’s up to each of us to define our own purpose. This way, the choice of a purpose is directly related to the acknowledgement of who we are, the search for our essence, the questioning of what others consider to be a sure thing for us and the definition of the values we choose to believe in.
This is not an easy task, nor is it to be endeavored as a one-time thing. After all, we get to know ourselves a little better every day and we are continuously rethinking our values. Therefore, our life purpose should also be adapted or complemented throughout the years.
Additionally, each person is unique, so there is not just one way of defining a life purpose, as they are as diverse as people themselves.
But why should you have a purpose, if it’s something this complicated?
The definition of a larger purpose brings more clarity to what we are doing here and what we want out of this experience called life. It helps us give meaning and direction to each choice we make and not give up when faced with difficulties along the way; it helps us look back and be proud of leading a life according to our own values.
Having a life purpose definitely makes us go on! Would you like to find yours but don’t know how? Going through a coaching process may be a good choice.
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