Pondering Purposes of Life

“The meaning of life is to give life meaning.” — Ken Hudgins3

Do we each have one unique role to play to ultimately fulfill our lives? When people talk about life purpose, it often seems to be presented this way.

I struggled for many years to identify my life purpose. Thanks to Eckhart Tolle, my struggle has now ended. For he proposes that everyone shares a common life purpose: to raise consciousness. This rings so true to me!

Doesn’t it make sense that our purpose is to grow as human beings, to expand our understanding of ourselves and of life?

If life purpose involves how I grow to be more authentic, it embraces every aspect of my life. It’s not just about work, about what I do. It’s just as much about how I am as a human being.

Furthermore, this means that my life purpose evolves as I do. I’m being called to open to new possibilities every moment of every day. How could I even dream of limiting my focus to just one script?

So rather than struggle to define one unique Life Purpose, I now stop and reflect on where I find purpose (small ‘p’) in life right now. What brings me joy and meaning? What inspires me? What do I want to heal? When I follow these signposts, my purpose looks after itself.

“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.” — Joseph Campbell

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