It seems to me that talk of purpose has two major aspects. One is very personal. It is about something that is unique to the individual, an inner urge that needs to find expression. The second aspect relates to doing something good-for other people, or for the world at large.
In short, it is as though we have each come with a gift for the world, and we do not want to leave before we have given it. Many experience frustration, however, because they do not know what it is. Generally, finding our purpose is not a “light bulb” event. Rather, our purpose tends to reveal itself to us over time, or sometimes, as I like to think, it finds us.
If we take direction from our intuition, it will guide us. If we have an urge to try something new, to become involved in some volunteer effort or project, act on that urge. Do not dismiss it because it does not feel like your purpose. It may just be a doorway.
If you feel you have a purpose beyond what you are doing now, honor that knowing. Let your heart nudge you along. We need these nudgings to get ego out of the way. You see, your soul knows your purpose, and those nudgings are its whisperings. It is not so much that we are looking for our purpose, but rather that it is calling to us. All we need to is to listen…and respond.
Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist. For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca