Thanks for those who sent your answers in from my email last week. It was great to be able to read about what finding your identity, and purpose in life, would actually mean to you.
I will do this in two parts. This is part one, as I received two great questions amongst the emails. I responded personally to these, and wanted to share my response with you all.
Here’s the first.
Question: Do I need to have a purpose when I simply want to enjoy living again. I have forgotten how to be me.
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences. Eleanor Roosevelt
The quotes I’ve selected may go some way to answering what I think about having a life without purpose.
To answer your question, enjoying living again is a purpose in itself, and getting back to being me, is also a purpose.
The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without purpose. Myles Munroe
You may not need to identify your purpose as a big shout out to the world, that you want to free the world of poverty for example, but having a reason for wanting to get up each day, and being excited about it, can make a huge difference to your life.
I have been in that place where getting out of bed is hard enough, but then you have to have a shower and get dressed, no way! That’s way too hard.
To even think about having a purpose is a task in itself.
No need to go big, let’s simply focus on enjoying living, and find only 1 thing that you can do today, that will help you enjoy living. It could be running a bath and reading a book in peace and quiet, going for a walk or run, or speaking to an old friend.
Your aim is to find only 1 thing, and do 1 thing every day for 7 days. It might be something different every day;
Day 1: might be read a book,
Day 2; ring a friend,
Day 3; mediate for 10 minutes,
Day 4; go for a walk, etc.
Find 7 things, and then repeat each week. If you feel bored after a few weeks, change it up, mix the days around, its your time, so do with it as you wish.
Remember, the aim is to find something you can do for you.
Taking time out for yourself will actually give you more time to take care of everything else in your life, as you will be feeling more fulfilled having done something just for you, and hopefully less resentful about always doing things for everyone else.
Go try it, and you will be surprised once you get into the routine of doing something for yourself, your life will automatically take on more purpose, and from there, anything is possible for you.
In my next email, I will share my response to the question, Is fulfilment for you being needed by your kids??
Isn’t it time you started living life on your terms.