“The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one proposes to do.” ~ Pau Casals….
If we ever intend to make it to our desired destination, at some point in our lives, we will have to set sail with purpose. We should not expect it to find us; nor should we assume that we will eventually drift to it. We will have to lift the anchor and leave the comfort and safety of the harbor. For some, this can be daunting, while for others, adventurous. Yet the simple truth is that we control our destinies and our experiences in life. We make our lives by either choosing to passively let life determine our journey and destination, or accepting our role as captain of our vessel and actively steering it out into the vastness of the oceans of life.
Making the most of our lives requires that our actions in life have purpose. But defining purpose for our actions is something a lot of us have little experience or skill at–after all, most of us have never been taught how to. Yet in truth, many of us do things with purpose all the time–we simply are not aware of it. The key here is having an awareness of the purpose of our actions, and then doing them with that purpose in mind so that they might bring about our desired results. And one of the best ways to do this is to create habits that involve doing things with something particular in mind. This helps us to focus on adding strength and substance to our actions.
Just as a ship is not a ship unless it is used for sailing, a life is not a life if it is not lived. And if we ever hope to experience fulfillment and purpose, then we must be willing to live our lives purposefully–we must be willing to lose sight of the shoreline. With faith and determination, little by little, we will find our way… for the oceans of life will always be there to carry us on our way.
Take some time to define the purposes of your actions in life?
Questions to consider:
How easy is it to focus on a task when there is no clear purpose to it?
How can we go about developing a purpose for the things we do? What are the benefits of doing so?
What value is added to our lives by giving purpose to the tasks we undertake?
For further thought:
“Great minds have purpose, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.” ~ Washington Irving