Stop Searching For Your Purpose And Start Living It
“Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.” Mandy Hale
There have been countless books and articles written on how to find your purpose in life. That one profound thing that you were put here on earth to do. While I believe that we are all created with unique gifts and talents that are meant to be shared with the world with the goal of serving a higher purpose than ourselves, I am not convinced that killing oneself to find that one deep end all meaning is the answer.
What does it mean to have purpose?
Webster defines purpose as “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”.
So its important to recognize the appreciation for life itself. That if you are alive and breathing your life has meaning. You are a person who is loved and significant. I find that too many people are waiting for this magical explosion that will reveal the big picture that holds all the answers.
When we think of living a life of purpose its easy to reference people like Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Diana Princess of Wales and Maya Angelou. People who used their stories, experiences, fame and gifts to serve others on a very large public scale. Who all had very specific and convicted areas of service.
While their work was very important don't allow yourself to get caught up in the game of comparison. The work you do on a day to day basis is just as significant. Touching one life is just as important as touching the lives of thousands and every day is a blank canvas just waiting to be painted with opportunities to change the world.
• A kind word to the girl in the Starbucks window that serves your coffee
• Your co-worker who does an incredible job but is rarely recognized
• A family member who needs a little extra love and encouragement
• A positive word to your child as you drop them off at school
• A text message to your spouse filled with words of appreciation
• A warm smile of compassion to the weary mom standing in line at the grocery store while managing a cranky little one
Every day we are gifted little moments where we pass through the life of another human being. Moments where we choose by our words and our actions if we are going to take the time to serve that person with an act of kindness, barely notice them or react in a way that hurts them.
What if your purpose is found in exactly who you are in this very moment? What if your significance is found right in the pages of the current chapter of your story?
The work you do as a mom, as a wife, as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend, as a yoga instructor, as a teacher, as a business owner?
What if its not about finding your purpose but using the life you have right now in this very moment and living it with more intention?
We live in a world where people constantly feel like they are not doing enough, making enough, succeeding enough, traveling enough, working enough or being enough. Its so easy to get caught up in looking to the future. "If only my life were ___________ things would be easier. I could do more, live more, afford more, have more" but there is so much purpose to be found in the present moment. Tomorrow is not guaranteed and life does not come with a do over button. We have to value the beautiful mess of the life we have now. When we gratefully recognize the current blessings already given, the Universe will open up space for more opportunities.
Life is meant to be lived wholly, holistically and intentionally for not only ourselves but when we live a life of serving others selflessly and compassionately, we are in fact living a life of great purpose. You don’t need a team of people, to be on TV, to write a New York best seller or have 1 million Instagram followers in order to make a powerful, meaningful difference in this broken, beautiful world that desperately needs those who are willing to show up and care.
Every time you make the conscious decision to be your truest, greatest self, to touch the life of another person with the intention of making their world better, you have created a ripple in a pond. An example for that person to follow, to pay your love and kindness forward, to create their own ripple in the pond and that my friend is a daily purpose worth giving your whole heart and soul to. xo
April Williams is the #CreativeMomista of two boys • Storyteller • Coffee Addict • Woman Warrior Of God • Texas Country Girl • Creative Expressive • A vintage soul passionate about living a simple life with a modern approach to business and branding