“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
If today were your last day on Earth, how would everyone remember you? How have you shaped the world?
What would be your legacy?
Though we want happiness, or more specifically, contentment – a feeling of satisfaction with all aspects of your life – the catalyst to this feeling is almost always purpose. Especially in uncertain times, we crave a sense of belonging – a sense of contribution – that make us feel that our lives have been worthy and worthwhile.
Purpose is such a remarkable thing – it’s deeply personal to us, and yet it’s universal to all. It’s entirely subjective, what we find meaningful, but it’s also shaped by the people around us and the company we keep. It’s usually self-motivated, but it also inspires you to take action outside of you – to make an impact in the world at large. Purpose leads to cooperation with others, to achieve our highest goals.
Purpose, in other words, is a beautiful combination of our unique talents, given through the connection to others, to improve the greater world.
When we think about our reason to be here – our purpose – it can be overwhelming, as if we need to do something grand or momentous. However, every little action you take – whether it’s smiling at a stranger or buttering your son’s toast – is meaningful. It’s bettering the world outside of you.
In Japan, they call this, “Ikigai,” or, a reason for being. We all have this, and it’s worth getting to know.
So how do you find your purpose? The first way to do so is to discover what you feel passionate about. Then, you find a way where you can express those passions – your canvas, your medium for expression.
Steve Jobs loved craftsmanship – this is why Apple products are so exquisitely designed. Personally, I’m passionate about connection – and through our company, our community, and with every woman I can help to see her truth and to uncover her amazing love within, I can expand that connection and love out to the world, like ripples on a lake, to our clients’ relationships with their partners, their family, and to everyone they meet. And, it heals me, as well.
What is your purpose? Who is within your inner circle, and how do they nurture your purpose? Do they give you strength?
Committing to a goal bigger than yourself strengthens your physical health and psychological well-being. It quite literally heals us from within. Consider where you can find joy and fulfillment in the daily routine of your life. Everything is connected.
Here at Bliss Darling, we have an incredible, growing tribe of women doing great things, both large and small, everyday. You can find us on our Facebook page, on our website, and in our members’ area. As we grow, I’ll be thinking of all the ways to connect us virtually and hopefully soon, in person.
I’m here for you, and I’m rooting for you. Thank you for doing your part to make the world a better place.