The Importance of Purpose
by Dr. Melissa Sonners
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
Have you ever read something or heard something that literally changed your life? When I read this quote about five years ago, it changed me. And now, during this time it feels just as impactful.
This has been an insane year for all of us and I don’t know about you, but I have found moments and times during this year where I have felt like I wasn’t sure where to put my focus. Juggling homeschool, a new role with a non-profit organization, our office and our hyperbaric oxygen company has certainly proved challenging and yet at the same time, so rewarding. I have been so thankful that I have a clear purpose and direction to help me feel that I have a direction to follow when all else seems chaotic.
Knowing your purpose is so important, yet it can sound like an overwhelming task. When you look to establish your purpose, issues and questions like these may arise:
- How do I fully commit to something?
- I am a mom and have forgotten my purpose outside my family.
- I work so much that I don’t even know what my purpose is outside of work.
Well, let’s keep it simple. What do you love to do? When you think about the things that you love, that lift you, that light you up, that excite you, that’s where you’ll find your purpose.
“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into purpose!” – B. Jakes
So, for right now, in the midst of this year that can at times feel oh so heavy, take some time to think on what your purpose is and take steps each day to fulfill it.
Go out and shine your light. The world needs you. The world is ready for you.
The world needs more people who have found their purpose, who do what they love and create balance in their lives by working hard for something they believe in. Often in our lives, it’s not the darkness that scares us most—it’s our light. It’s our powerful light we all have inside that scares us. It’s the “big ass goals” we’re sometimes too afraid to say out loud because we want them so badly, but don’t want to set ourselves up for failure.
I want our kids to shine their lights. I want them to have those big ass goals that are so big and so scary that they make you shake with fear and excitement all at the same time. Those are the things that make life an adventure. Those are the things that make life worth living.
If we all did that, unapologetically, this world would be a better place.