What Is Our Purpose
Why We Are Here?
Over 150-years ago Mark Twain made this famous statement…
“The Two Most Important Days in Your Life Are
the Day You are Born, and the Day You Find Out Why.”
Your reason ‘why’ can often be confused with your life purpose. They are not the same thing. Your reason ‘why’ or primary life priority is what gives your life direction.
Your purpose is a by-product of working on your primary life priority.
And to disappoint the many life purpose seeking people out there, you simply don’t need to know what your true purpose is and never will…To be explain why further down the page.
What you really need to figure out is your Primary Life Priority.
Your primary life priority is the key to everything in life, yes, absolutely everything.
Directly relating to the ‘why’ in the above statement, are questions everyone asks themselves at least once in their lives.
“What am I doing here?”
“What’s the point of it all?”
“What is my purpose?”
These questions are asked by people wanting a deeper meaning. They want to stop going through the motions, they want to give their life more meaning.
Every living thing on this plant has a purpose.
The interesting thing is, not a single animal knows what their true purpose is, they just do it instinctively, and without fuss every day.
So why do a large number of people spend their whole lives searching for their own individual purpose? And, never find it.
If it’s good enough for the animal kingdom not to know, why does it bother us so much?
Well, humans question everything and have a habit of overthinking and complicating things. Yes, we are more evolved than animals, but sometimes not as smart and our tendency not to keep things simple, leads us away from our prime objective.
We have to accept, we only have one simple purpose, just like each species of animal………………
- Bees pollinate trees and plants allowing them to reproduce
- Termites break-down dead trees providing much needed nutrients for the soil
- Lions and other meat-eaters help keep the herbivore population under control
- Plankton supplies up to 70% of the earth’s oxygen simply by floating on the oceans currents
And that’s the key and why most people never find their true purpose. Most people believe we each have our own individual purpose, and this is why it is never found.
We all have individual priorities, passions and goals, but not purpose. Purpose is constant. And, one’s purpose never changes.
The difference between us and animals is that we are designed to evolved, to grow, to constantly improve, to better ourselves. Animals don’t do that.
We were never here to remain as cavemen, it’s in our DNA to want to improve ourselves.
And, just like the bees number one priority is to collect pollen and nectar to take back to the hive for food, our number one priority is to continually better ourselves. To learn from our mistakes, adapt and do better the next time.
Yes, we have to eat and have other base essential needs, but our overriding priority is self-improvement. Of course we will have secondary objectives and goals, but our Primary Life Priority comes first and slots into everything else we do.
The easiest way to explain this is through something every parent knows all to well, how to get their kids from playing games on devices. Putting aside the negative aspect of kids constantly playing electronic games, have you ever thought why they are so attached to them in the first place?
It’s simple, they play to be better than they last time they played. They constantly want to improve, to learn and to win. And, they will do anything to be become better.
If we adults put the same determination into everything we do, we would be unstoppable.
Back to the bee, a bees priority is collecting pollen and nectar and the byproduct of that priority is pollinating plants to reproduce.
If a human’s overriding priority is to constantly strive to be better, then what is our true purpose?
Our priority and purpose are one and the same, only on a bigger scale.
If each person worked on becoming better, then the world by default, becomes a better place to live in.
That’s it, that’s our purpose, simple, singular and powerful.
Our Purpose is for the world to become a better place to live in.
Without going all religious on you, isn’t that what the Bible teaches, to be the best we can, to care for other people and do the right thing. Its message is to work on becoming better people by doing the right thing, which in turn, leads us on to a better world to live in.
And the majority of movies we watch send the same message, right against wrong, good against evil and even transformation. That’s why we love it when the good guy wins.
If we worked on becoming a better person, we would care more for fellow man, we would not have so much conflict and the planet would not be under threat from environmental issues.
By becoming better, and instead of sitting on the couch watching reruns of some old TV show, we would inevitably strive to set more worthwhile goals.
Goals that could help…
- Reduce family financial problems
- Achieve better relationships
- The community
- Other people
- The planet
- And so on
Our purpose is to create a better world to live in.
No more searching for purpose and no more struggle for what we are supposed to do each day. The bee doesn’t know or think about pollinating the trees, it just does it automatically, without thanks, without reward and so should we.
Imagine a world where we all working for the same thing?
The problem is the world has become lazy and greedy with people taking the easy option over the right option. And conflict often over-rules resolution. Isn’t it time we made a conscious effort to change, to be better?
Can one person working on being the best they can be,honestly make a difference?
In answer to that, do you know the story of the starfish thrower?
One day, an old man was walking along a beach after a big storm had passed, and notice thousands of starfish washed up on shore. As he walked, he noticed in the distance a small boy throwing starfish one by one back in the ocean.
He stopped to ask the boy what he was doing. The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back in the ocean. Once the sun comes up, they will die.”
The old man replied, “But, there must be thousands of them, what difference can you make?”
The boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it gently back in the ocean. The boy turned and smiled and said, “Made a difference to that one”
Adapted from The star thrower, by Loren Eiseley
Yes, we still have our goals and what we want to achieve in life to make us feel our life is worthwhile and has meaning.
But remember, our goals are not our purpose.Our purpose is an automatic by-product of us living each day better than the day before. Therefore, it is our responsibility and duty to continually work on being the best we can be.
SIMPLE RULE OF THUMB: Don’t take the easy way out, or create win-lose scenarios when it will affect other people or the planet at large.
The next step is up to you… So now you know your ‘reason why’ or your purpose, you can also now forget it. Be like a bee, and just focus on your main priority and your purpose will look after itself. How do you start working on being a better person? Click here to find out…