There is truth in everything. But not all things are true. It is not true that we are born for no reason, and no matter how much we fear we do not have a purpose in life, it is not true. Everyone of us has a role to play on this earth. Everyone of us has a purpose.
Mark Twain wrote
“The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.”
Yesterday I was blessed to be present as 67 people found their ‘why’. Yesterday I sat in a room filled with the excited voices of 67 people exploring their hearts in order to find the words to express their purpose in a simple, succinct statement that has meaning for them.
They delved into the times that they felt special or important. They tread gently into those spaces where they found value in making a difference. They shared their small significances, their big differences. They shared stories of lives they’ve touched, of moments that moved them deeply, of instances where they felt on purpose, on course, present and accountable for their journey in life and their impact on others. And as they sat with their coaches and shared their memories of those times, the room came alive with our human condition expressing itself in the wonder and awe of the significance and magnificence that each of us contributes naturally and effortlessly to the world through all that we do and every action we take that creates a difference for others.
In the Purpose Room at Choices we tell trainees that our purpose was written on our hearts when we were born. We all make a difference and we all express it in different ways. Our purpose is visible in the little acts of kindness we share, and the big acts of significance we create.
Our purpose is not ego-centric. It is heart specific. It is defined by what lays in our hearts, what rests easily in our spirits, what expresses itself naturally through our being present, every moment of every day.
Our purpose is felt in the smiles we share. The hands we warm. The bellies we feed. Our purpose is felt everywhere, known through everything we do.
For some it is expressed through their capacity to touch hearts, minds, spirits. For others, to create joy, love unconditionally, accept completely. For some, it is found in their capacity to guide, to inspire, to motivate, to lead, to help, to illuminate, to empower, to propel.
We all have an action word connected to our purpose and we all have values we uphold in the actions we take to live it.
I was blessed yesterday. 67 people sat in small circles with their coaches and shared the stories of their lives that illuminated the path for them to find the words that have been written on their hearts since they were born. And in their truth, I stood in the brilliance of our shared human condition and felt the power of our being human radiating throughout the room. In their truth coming alive through acknowledging and claiming their purpose, I felt the true capacity of each and everyone of us to make a difference in this world.
And I am in awe. I am grateful. Because I know that this morning, setting out into the world, there are 67 more people living on purpose with passion and love, with joy and conviction. I know there are 67 people doing their best, giving their all as they consciously set out to make this world a different, more loving, accepting, joyful and compassionate place for all of us.
The world is a different place today. What a blessing.
Choices. God, I love that word.
And always your words inspire me,
draw me higher and seeing clearer.
I don’t get to come around and visit as much these days
but wanted you to know how much I appreciate the beauty
that you are
Oh Jennifer — I too have not had as much time to come around and visit — and when I see your name, my heart sings a song of joy! thank you my beautiful friend for stopping by. Your words always lift me up. Your presence inspires me and your beauty moves me. Hugs.
I am a vulnerable woman, HUGGING others with my laughter and love, empowering myself and others to honour our gifts.
You make a difference in my life Louise! Thank you for the reminder of my action word. Guess what my first color is 😉
🙂 Blue! 🙂 It is such a beautiful, warm and loving colour!
Propel, now that is an action word, that will always remind me of your beautiful impact Louise. 🙂
I love that word Travis — and what a gift to have shared that space with you and the others for it to show up and be heard!
Thank you Louise for going on our “finding our purpose” journey! I was thrilled that you were there to review my purpose statement and help me to refine it. I love your blog today (first time I read it, won’t be my last)! Your description of our groups’ process and the outcome is beautiful written. I too will never forget Nov. 17, 2013! I found my purpose and I got to see (in-to-me-see) into the hearts of 66 other people as they stated their purpose. It was thrilling!
Alice! How wonderful to ‘see’ you hear and to read your words. It was a gift and an honour to be present with you. Definitely thrilling! Hugs.
Wonderful. Life becomes LIVING when we have chosen a purpose, and follow it!
So true Susan! thank you.
The scariest part for me is believing that I’ve found my purpose and wanting to live a life that makes a difference but that I’m not going to make it through the darkness to be able to do just that. I’m so afraid that the end is near and that I am not strong enough to help myself. I guess why I’m so busy helping others, so that if it does come to it and I can’t hold on, at least I’ve done something good with the time that I’ve had.
I’m sorry x
Whoever you are, please reach out to someone who is close enough to see you and touch you and help you through this pain. It is when we are in our darkest moments that others carry us, all you have to do is LET someone support you until you truly have the strength to help yourself. You matter, you have extreme value, don’t rob the world of your presence. Sending prayers your way.
Alice, your compassion shines through every word. Laura — please hear what Alice has written. Please continue to move through the darkness, even when all you can do is feel your way with your hands outstretched.
You do matter. you do have extreme value and your presence makes a difference. Love and blessings my young friend.
I’m so grateful for your words but I’m also so sorry that I can’t. there is nothing left in me to keep fighting. I’m scared that I will be hurting the people I love but I simply cannot do anything more.
Hugs Laura — sometimes, the only thing to do is nothing but BREATHE.
Laura, I re-read your words this morning and thought — that is so true — the scariest part is believing we’ve found our purpose — and then must live it — what if we fail? what if we drop? what if we don’t do it?
The truth about your purpose is — you’ve always been living it, always been doing it. It was written on your heart when you were born. The fear is not the truth. You are.
Love and hugs dear one.
And you are a blessing.
And as you are too Julie.
What a beautiful, exciting, connecting moment! xx
Yes it was Liz! Thank you.