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What's my Purpose

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Webster's Dictionary defines the word 'purpose' as: 1.the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.

It's a word that has come up a lot in my life lately. The counselor I've been talking with says "everyone needs a purpose." It's not something I've ever had to think about.

When I was young, my purpose was to learn about life and obey my parents - and I was pretty good at it.

When I got married and had children my purpose was very clear - MOM. Everything I did worked toward the goal of raising children who would go out into the world and be all that they could be. And I succeeded!

Then I became the 'breadwinner' of our family and soon after that a 'single mom' so my purpose had to change significantly. I needed to add securing financial security along with raising my children. And I succeeded in that also.

After the children were all grown up and independent I had a new purpose - securing financial security for retirement. I was on a good path until the rug was pulled out from under me and I was 'downsized' from my 22 year job. That was 7 years ago and apparently I have been treading water ever since.

So I've been pondering this thing called purpose. I never had to think about it before - things were as they were. Now I get to choose! The counselor said "we need to find you a purpose" - and today I think perhaps I have figured it out. Over these first few months of 2016 I've been cooking healthy foods, exercising more than I ever have, taking Daisy for walks, exploring new ideas like the bible study I just finished and the training Daisy and I went though, and I am going through cupboards, closets, dressers and shelves looking for things that may have been a part of the old me but no longer have a place with the newer version of me. And isn't that "my purpose"?
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  • JJMPLSMN
    I love your new purpose. YOU. When we are younger we don't understand this, and as we get older and have children, they are our purpose. This is now our time. I am delighted you have figured this out, and you are putting yourself at the top of the list, finally.

    Spark on.
    1569 days ago
  • USMAWIFE
    yep you hit your purpose right. makes me wonder where my present and future purpose is and want to be
    1569 days ago
  • MARINGAL
    Oh yes Kathy. You hit it on the nail. That is your purpose!
    1569 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15408704
    it seems like you've been living out your purpose even while you weren't aware you had it!
    1569 days ago
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