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Demystifying Purpose

September 13, 2012

For a long time I thought that I needed to find my purpose. I even believed that one day it would magically come to me. I imagined my spiritual awakening coming in a flash, to be followed by absolute clarity and an instant shift of my whole being.

From then on my purpose would be noble and of the highest standards. Heroic images of saving lives or freeing people came to mind.

Eventually I realized I would be forever chasing after something I thought was just beyond reach. And how my eagerness to find that elusive purpose was directing a focus to what I did not have (since I believed the ‘purposeful me’ would be a different, much better person than who I actually was at the time.)

With that understanding I began to look at purpose through different eyes. And instead of pondering on what my life purpose was I started to explore how I was already expressing it in my daily life. I shifted from finding purpose to being purposeful. I moved from searching for something in the distant future to experiencing what was already all around me.

In hindsight I could see how my ego had been in the driving seat. My desire for purpose was an opportunity for a somewhat bossy ego to aim for the stars. Once I could distance myself from those ambitions, I found my way back to a more soulful path of living with and acting from purpose.

Purpose is in everything we are, do and say. When we are unconditional in our friendship, that’s purpose. When we put our core values into play through how we make our choices, that’s purpose.

The take-away here? Don’t wait semi-passively for purpose to knock on your door. Open your eyes to how you are already being purposeful.

Grab it right there, right now.

 

LABELS:   Believes   Moving On   Purpose  
About the author: Jacinta Hin was born in the Netherlands and has been living in Tokyo, Japan, since 1989. Her professional background is in human resources, career management and coaching. She is passionate about helping people, herself included, discover new perspectives of possibility, move to embracing and working with their transitions, and designing and realizing changes aligned with who they truly are and what they truly want from their lives.
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