Discover Your Life Purpose
Discover Your Life Purpose
I’ve talked to many people about discovering their life purpose. Some people know at a very young age what they are meant to do, so they pursue that particular path. One of the authors of Women’s Spirit Awakening, Tom Marcoux, discovered his purpose at nine years of age. Other people, like myself, didn’t discover it until midlife. Perhaps your previous occupation was a stepping stone or a training ground to something more suitable. For some women, giving birth and raising a family may be their life purpose. That’s their contribution to the world. Each life is a valuable, worthy and unique contribution.
Living a spiritual life means finding your particular way of serving the world, a way that only you can do. Think about what you are passionate about. What makes your heart sing? That's what God would have you do. One thing I discovered about having dreams and goals is when we go to Spirit first with our request and retain an open mind, the dream or goal is revealed and sometimes redefined for us. We are often redirected in ways that benefit us more. Spend time in meditation. Make it a goal to discover your life purpose.
Here's an example of my experience. When I lived in Chicago many years ago, I thought I wanted to pursue a life as a writer and artist. I wanted to make a difference in the world. Guidance counselors encouraged me to choose only one goal. I chose to become a writer. My inner guidance encouraged me to do something else, which was to live my dream. I had a spiritual epiphany six months prior, during a writer’s conference. So I quit college in Chicago, moved to California (where I always wanted to live) and enrolled in a college for graphic arts. Spirit got me to do what I was afraid to do … leave my comfort zone. I was able to achieve both goals by taking writing classes. But it doesn’t stop there. Those goals are merely stepping stones to something greater: for me it is a life as a spiritual teacher. And that too is a stepping stone to something much larger. That's my purpose and most everything I’ve done contributes in some way to that purpose.
If you’re like many people, you have your limiting beliefs or thoughts of unworthiness. With Spirit guiding the way, limiting thoughts are surpassed by thoughts of new and wonderful possibilities. We've each heard the phrase “With God all things are possible.” This is true, although not always in the time frame or in the form we may imagine. That, for me, is often the best part: the surprise of new experiences. It’s understandable that we may have to work on ourselves or do some preparation for the dream or goal.
Here's a true experience of 'showing up.'
There was a time when I knew I would soon be unemployed. I wanted my next job to be different. After some exploration I came up with two prerequisites for my future career; being with lots of people and traveling. Then a friend told me about job openings with an airline company. At first I was concerned, “they won¹t hire me because of my age, my appearance or lack of pertinent skills, etc.” I became my own judge and jury. My inner guidance encouraged me to just show up for the interview. I prepared myself with a new suit and a new attitude. At the end of the day I passed the tests and made all the ‘cuts.’ I had an airline ticket to Chicago, a chance at a second interview, and a renewed enthusiasm. In the end, I wasn't hired by the company, but it was an exhilarating experience. I had faith that something better would occur. If we remain open-minded, happy surprises do occur. Thank you!
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Linda L. Chappo