What’s Your Life Purpose?

Excuse me?

No “How’s it going?”, or “Hi. How are you?”

Who needs trite conversations like that anyway? Let’s save those interactions for the people standing next to you in the checkout line at the grocery store, shall we?

You and I? We are on a totally different level.

Wondering where that “life purpose thing” came from? I can assure you, there IS a method to my madness. (Insert evil laugh here.)

You see, I am currently taking part in the Wellness Council of America’s “The Road to Wellness”. The school district in which I work, is offering this program to all of its employees. Pretty cool. All I needed to do was sign up, which I did, and then a book magically appeared in the school mail.

I am now on a quest to find my “path of health and well-being”!

I can’t wait. And I say that with complete honesty, because this is totally my kind of thing.

The book (more like a fancy magazine), is written by Dr. Brian Luke Seaward, who just happens to be an internationally renowned expert in the field of stress management and mind-body-spirit healing. It (the book, not Dr. Seaward) is composed of seven chapters, each focusing on a different component of wellbeing. At the end of each chapter, wellness exercises encourage self-reflection and assist in goal setting.

Again, totally my thing. (Reading AND writing..win, win.)

Before diving into the book, I was asked to think about my “Life’s Purpose”. Then, if I chose, I could share my purpose with all other participants in the program via a social networking platform.

Hmmm….my life purpose.

Easy! My life purpose is to positively impact the world. You know—I want to leave the world a better place than when I arrived some 47 years ago. Pretty straightforward. Pretty generic too.

Ho-hum…

I just could not leave it at that—maybe because I’m a teacher. Or maybe because I think way too much (…not saying that’s a good thing…just saying.) Or maybe because I was stuck in the car for 4 hours and I didn’t have anything better to do with my time. (Let’s face it, correcting papers was not what I was feeling at 5:00 on a Friday evening.) I felt compelled to make it more personal.

So, I slouched down in the passenger seat, put my stockinged feet up on the dash, and thought.  And then thought some more. As soon as a thought popped into my head, I pulled my phone out of my pocket and made a few notes using my note app. This went on for many, many miles.

Phone in pocket. Phone pulled out of pocket. Make notes. Put phone back in pocket. Phone pulled out of pocket. Yeah…you get the idea.

When suddenly…

I had my “aha” moment.

Ready?

In all honesty, I’m willing to bet my life purpose is similar to yours. People, for the most part, are good…and want to “do” good things. However, chances are, we are going about achieving our life’s purposes in a way uniquely our own. Chances are, the way we go about achieving these purposes change as we acquire life experiences. 

As it should be.

So, how was I going to do to ensure that my “life purpose” came to fruition? How was I going to have a positive impact on the world?

Well, I needed to be more specific!

So…I broke it down a little.

As a Christian, my life purpose is to accept others, to make meaningful connections, and to trust that God’s plan for me is better than anything I could have conjured up myself. He has proven this to me time after time.

As a wife, my life purpose is to love my husband with my whole heart, to share my life experiences with him, and to be there with him, and for him, through the good times and the bad.

As a mom, my life purpose is to offer experiences for my kids, which provide opportunities for them to practice the skills they will need to be successful in life (how to deal with disappointment, how to treat others— especially how to get along with people whose views are not the same as theirs, and how to find their own purpose in life), and to be a role model in all that I do.

As an educator, my life purpose is to do exactly what I do with my own children. (Plus share my passion for reading and writing!)

As an eating disorder survivor, my life purpose is to give hope and encouragement to those who are struggling to make peace with food and their bodies by sharing my experiences, and my passion for health and wellness. I hope to accomplish this through my writing.

As someone who cares about the earth and all of its creatures (except for snakes-I hate snakes, and spiders-not a fan of them either), my life purpose is to make sure the choices I make, regarding the food I eat, and the products I use, do not harm the environment.

Okay…your turn.

What’s your life purpose?

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