The second most commonly asked question I get asked as it pertains to purpose is:
“What is purpose????”
Is a WAY OVERUSED, quite MISUNDERSTOOD term in my mind. It’s been a bit watered down for how freaking important it is… Here’s the BEST story I have found to give you a description of what purpose really is and what it feels like when you acknowledge it:
Consider a hammer. It’s designed to hit nails. That’s what it was created to do. Now imagine that the hammer never gets used. It just sits in the toolbox. The hammer doesn’t care.
But now imagine that same hammer with a soul, a self-consciousness. Days and days go by with him remaining in the toolbox. He feels funny inside, but he’s not sure exactly why. Something is missing, but he doesn’t know what it is.
Then one day someone pulls him out of the toolbox and uses him to break some branches for the fireplace. The hammer is exhilarated. Being held, being wielded, hitting the branches — the hammer loves it. At the end of the day, though, he is still unfulfilled. Hitting the branches was fun, but it wasn’t enough. Something is still missing.
In the days that follow, he’s used often. He reshapes a hubcap, blasts through some sheet rock, knocks a table leg back into place. Still, he’s left unfulfilled. So he longs for more action. He wants to be used as much as possible to knock things around, to break things, to blast things, to dent things. He figures that he just hasn’t had enough of these events to satisfy him. More of the same, he believes, is the solution to his lack of fulfillment.
Then one day someone uses him on a nail. Suddenly, the lights come on in his hammer soul. He now understands what he was truly designed for. He was meant to hit nails. All the other things he hit pale in comparison. Now he knows what his hammer soul was searching for all along.
Here’s the essence of what purpose is:
Purpose is BEING and DOING.
I think that some people don’t give enough credit to the concept of purpose becomes it feels rather “woo woo” and whimsical. Thoughts like “get real”, “grow up”, “welcome to the real world” make the point of entry difficult for some… HOWEVER, purpose is NOT just a feel good thing. And in fact, you will learn quickly that it is NOT for the faint of heart!!! It’s for those of heart.
Purpose is about BEING and DOING.
BEING, being still, being present, being ONE with yourself, KNOWING yourself… that takes courage. How do I know?!?! Cuz more freaking people would be doing it. Most don’t.
Second, DOING something about the things that matter most are HARD. How do I know?!??!?! Because we’d all be doing way more things that are beneficial to our forward movement and for those around us. You know that laundry list of things you “want to do, need to do, wish you could do”, yea those, those are hard and vulnerable and take COURAGE.
And when you put those together, a true essence of BEING and a real “umph” behind DOING, you are purposed. That is what purpose is all about.