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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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    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
    yep you hit your purpose right. makes me wonder where my present and future purpose is and want to be
    1569 days ago
    Oh yes Kathy. You hit it on the nail. That is your purpose!
    1569 days ago
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    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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