What is my purpose?

This month, we’re looking at finding our purpose. Whether you are unsure of what yours is, or if your circumstances have changed and you need to expand your current purpose, Susan offered a wonderful exercise in Embracing Uncertainty.


Since we are all part of the Grand Design, cosmically speaking, I believe each of us is asked as a human being to do something to help this world. How do we find what it is that we are asked to do? I once heard it said,

Stand where you are, make a circle, see what needs to be done and do it.

Using myself as an example, I made a circle, metaphorically speaking, and I saw that I was called upon to learn and teach…specifically, I was called upon to learn how to see the world through the eyes of the Higher Self and share what I learned with others. So I now spend my time learning about living in the Higher Self so that I have something valuable to teach. In this way, all of my life experiences are “grist for the mill”. Whether my experiences are good or bad, they all have inherent value that I can pass on to others. As I mentioned earlier, my breast cancer was a valuable experience, as it gave me the opportunity to help others with their fears about breast cancer. You get the point.

As you make your own circle and look for what needs to be done, it helps to look at what you love to do. Our personal interests are so often tuned into the Grand Design. Therefore, these personal interests often send us in the right direction as to how to fulfill our sense of meaning and purpose. The questions then become,

What do I love to do? How do I use what I love to do to help the world around me?

If you love to cook, you can put nourishment into this world. You can feed your family and friends. You can create a restaurant that brings people pleasure. You can help in a soup kitchen feeding the poor. Or all of the above.  If you love being around children, you can put nurturing into the world as a teacher, mentor, and/or parent. If you love gardening, you can put beauty into the world everywhere you go and with all the people you meet. If your answer is developing new technology, you could put wonderful energy into the world by finding ways of enriching it instead of destroying it. No matter what you love to do, there is no end to what you can do to help people near and far.  

It is important to keep in mind that what we are asked to do changes with our circumstances in life. It would be unwise to hang on to any particular means of spreading our meaning and purpose into this world. There is always something wonderful to do in whatever form that takes.

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