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  • March 4, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Thank you for this interesting article. There is much I agree with, but also parts I disagree with.

    I work with people to uncover purpose in their lives. I agree that you can have a wonderful and happy life, without ever knowing your purpose.

    A good life is where we gravitate towards that which makes us happy and that can happen by choice or circumstance. A good life without the conscious search for meaning and purpose may show that you have found your purpose on an unconscious level.

    When I work with my clients, the first thing I remind them is that purpose does not have to be magnificent, or profound.

    If you have a great purpose – wonderful! If you have a simple purpose – wonderful!

    Some of my happiest clients have simple purpose statements like: I want to create a good life for me and the people around me, or, I want to live a happy life.

    The second thing to realise is that purpose is emergent. As soon as you have an inkling of what purpose is for you here and now, it has the potential to change. Finding purpose is about becoming aware of the meaning that you want to get from life. Over time that may evolve into new shapes and directions.

    And the third thing is that purpose should be compelling. It should create energy and longing which draws you towards it. It speaks to the best parts of you and expand those.

    In our modern existence there is much opportunity to get distracted. Seeking purpose brings focus. Purpose allows you to check whether a new opportunity, person, interest or topic support meaning, or distract you from it.

    For me, purpose starts with curiosity about a life lived well. And then following the strands of curiosity into a theme which leads to meaning. And becoming the best version of you that you can be.

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