Life’s Big Questions
An extract from the XTL Journals
Two of the biggest questions of all time are…
Why are we here?
What is our purpose?
The answer to the first question is simple…
We are here to become the best version of us we can be. This should be everyone’s lifelong mission.
Not just one area of your life…your work, your homelife, your relationships, everything, and most of all, you. Never forget you!
Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone did this?
If you falter, learn from it, shrug it off and do better next time. Your life is not meant to be average and neither are you. Strive each day on expecting the best, and commit daily to living a healthy, exciting, fulfilled and joyous life.
What is Our Purpose?
Ebenezer Scrooge and Andrew Carnegie can answer this.
Yes, Ebenezer Scrooge, the fictional character from the Charles Dickens novel and Disney movie, A Christmas Carol.
Ebenezer’s priority was the accumulation of money at any cost. Even at the cost of love, family, friends and even his own happiness.
It wasn’t until three Christmas spirits took him on a mystical journey to visit his past, present and future, did Ebenezer realise the faults of his ways.
Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world through revolutionizing steel production in the late 1800’s. Upon his death in 1919, a note, hand-written by a young Andrew Carnegie was found in his desk drawer. The note detailed his primary lifetime goal.
The note read, “I will spend the first half of my life earning a fortune and the second half of my life giving it all away”. And, that’s exactly what he did.
Both men, one fictional and one real, made it their PRIORITY to accumulate wealth. One at the cost of everything around him and the other as a tool for a bigger picture.
In the end, Scrooge, with help from the three Christmas spirits came to realise his TRUE PURPOSE.
It’s interesting to note, both men ended up making it their purpose to help others. Maybe that’s an important clue for all of us?
As Ebenezer Scrooge and Andrew Carnegie found their TRUE PURPOSE, is it remotely possible, we each have our own responsibility to find our own TRUE PURPOSE.
Have you ever had that lost feeling, and don’t know what direction your life should take? This is because you don’t yet know your TRUE PURPOSE.
Once you do, everything else in life automatically starts to align and falls into place. This is when the magic starts to happen.
Finding one’s TRUE PURPOSE gives direction, contentment and most of all, meaning to life.
Remember, finding your TRUE PURPOSE is not a race but a journey, and the journey, no matter how long, is often a big part of the answer to finding your purpose.
So, don’t stress or rush if you don’t yet know what your TRUE PURPOSE is, as long as you are consciously looking for signs and are aware of what makes you feel good and what doesn’t,one day, you will JUST KNOW.
Unlike Ebenezer and Andrew Carnegie choosing the creation of wealth as their priority and giving it away as their purpose, your path could, and probably is totally different.
How do you find your priority, and eventually, your true purpose…?
What do you see as your main priorities right now? Create your own list.
- Being a good provider
- Your kids
- Your career
- Finding your ideal partner
- Buying a house
- Finding enough money for your retirement
- Something else?
It might be one of these or all of these and that’s ok.
Over the course of a person’s life, priorities can, do, and should change, which is only natural as we age and go through different stages of our lives.
Your priorities can change by the hour. During the day, it could be your career, at home it could be your kids or making dinner, but whatever it happens to be, give it your 100% and avoid distraction. Don’t your kids deserve your 100% when you are with them Technology will still be there later, and your kids will thank you for it in ways you may not even see…YET.
How do you fit it all in when there is so much to fit in?
It all comes down to balance, planning your day in advance, and milking every second from it.
True Purpose is different to your priorities, it is.
Life without TRUE PURPOSE has no meaning.
Controversial statement, I know.
Here are a few scenarios that will help explain what true purpose really means…
Imagine termites in a rainforest doing what they do best, chewing timber. (food)
What is the termite’s priority? To take small pieces of food back to the nest.
What is the termite’s purpose?
This is where it gets tricky, as the termite doesn’t even know its true purpose. The termite provides the whole rainforest with essential mulch from the breaking down of old forest matter into valuable nutrients for future growth.
What about the humble bee?
The bee collects pollen and nectar as food and takes it back to the hive.
Its purpose is to pollinate other plants as they collect. Without bees, most plants and trees would not exist.
You already know Scrooge’s and Carnegie’s purpose in giving away their wealth, but what about other human examples?
Entertainers can make lots of money, but their true purpose is to entertain.
Some people like exotic animals who end up making their true purpose to save endangered species.
Do You Know Your True Purpose?
If you are living a life of struggle and dull routine, chances are you haven’t found your true purpose. Maybe you are living your boss’s or family’s purpose and if this isn’t yours, start looking.
Finding Your True Purpose
Our bodies are full of wisdom and deep down it already knows what you want, so…
Find somewhere quiet, close your eyes, and ask yourself the following questions…
- What is my purpose right now?
- What truly excites me?
- What never feels like work?
- What would I love to do, even if I didn’t get paid?
Then stay silent, breathe and take notice of anything that comes to mind.
Don’t think of it as a job like the bee collecting pollen, think of it as the bee saving the world.
What is the byproduct of what you do?
Feel it, see it, hear it and follow it.
Last of all, take action.
It might not happen straight away, but keep it forefront in your mind.
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