“What’s your life’s purpose?”
Does anyone find this question annoying or frustrating?
A colleague spent years trying to answer that question. She finally gave up, was happier and oddly enough, found her purpose.
Here’s why it’s an annoying question for me – it’s too big. So I’ve added one word – “today”.
“Today” is just the right size. It pulls your day out of the sameness of other days, connecting you with something larger, a bigger perspective.
And it’s small enough to take on. It’s just today. And it gets away from the mistaken idea that we each have one life purpose only, one way to connect with purpose.
That line of reasoning assumes:
A: You better find out what it is or you’ll waste your life away
B: If you find out what it is, you’ve set for life and don’t have to look at that question again.
Wrong! Lots of businesses have done just fine without business plans, lots of people I know seem perfectly happy without ever even addressing the question. And lots of people (myself included) find that purpose is a moving target. Like your shadow it moves as you move. Every day is a new day.
So…what’s your life’s purpose today?