I may be showing my age but how many of you remember the movie “The Color Purple”??? It was on Broadway not too long ago too. I was reading a blog recently and I got to thinking about a scene in the movie….
It’s the scene in which Miss Celie finally musters the courage to leave Mister. He’d just finished saying some pretty nasty things to her (paraphrasing): “You’re poor. You’re black. You’re ugly. Nobody wants you.”
To which Miss Celie replied, “I’m poor. I’m black. I might even be ugly. But I’m here!”
Maybe someone has these words to you. Maybe you have thought them of yourself. Those inner gremlins like to beat us up when we are at our weakest moment. I may not be black BUT I have thought many times I was ugly and no one would ever want me. Over the years, I have stomped on those inner gremlins but I must admit, they do rear their ugly head sometimes.
We are all here for a reason. There are people who were here this time last year who aren’t here now. They’ve moved on. In some instances, they’ve passed on. Whatever their purpose, it is now done. But you’re here. And one of your most important jobs in life is to know why.
I don’t know about you but I struggle with this…. In my “social work life”, it was easy for me to say what my purpose was. My job and my life were intertwined. I could see the difference I was making. Does your job define who you are? Does it help you to explain your purpose in life? As I moved from the non-profit world to my own business, defining my purpose was a little bit more difficult.
Can you state your purpose in a single, simple sentence? If you can’t, then let me ask you this ONE question:
How is someone’s life better when they cross your path?
This answer is something which comes from the heart. You should be able to “spill it out” in under 15 seconds. What would your answer be?
My purpose is to bring a smile to those who are struggling reminding them they are special. I love to see the smile on someone’s face when they receive happy mail or an unexpected gift or even a handcrafted angel. A simple compliment can make a difference in someone’s day.
Your purpose is about how you uniquely serve the world and make it better in some way. It uses your unique gifts, strengths and experiences. It is something you do well. And it comes naturally to you.
At work, it answers the question, how is this company better because I work here? In your family, it answers, how is this family better because I’m in it?
If you don’t know your purpose, I challenge you to take just a few minutes to get quiet and answer the question. Once you have the answer, write it down. Don’t forget it. Make it your mantra.
A fulfilling life is a life lived with purpose.
Share your purpose with us so we can CELEBRATE you.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!