Spring Newsletter, Bob’s Article, Part 1
People with purpose don’t just live longer—they live better. That’s why our chairman wrote an inspiring guide in our Spring Newsletter to help you (re)discover yours! It’s so packed with how-to advice that we turned it into two posts. Part 1 shares five steps you can take to find your purpose and Part 2 reveals the science behind purpose and how purpose guides OHI’s “5Ps to Optimum Health,” the foundation of our 21 day holistic healing program. Watch for it next week. So let’s started on your purpose right away . . .
Now is a Great Time to Re-Focus and Discover Your Purpose (Part 1 of 2)
‘I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.’
A warm and heartfelt Spring greeting to our OHI community. As the beauty of Spring begins its annual reset with a burst of fresh new colors and textures, the sprouting of leaves and blossoms tells us that nature knows its Divine purpose. This Biblical verse tells us when we know our Divine purpose – we cannot be stopped. It is this concept of “purpose” that I wish to address in this newsletter.
The change of seasons is very powerful. It can change our mood; it can change our perspective. There is also a great deal of symbology to each season. Spring, for example, is the time of our spiritual calling – the point in our life where we desire a more spiritual relationship between God, ourselves, and the world – our spiritual Spring is when we begin our spiritual life. Spring is also symbolically understood as a time of rebirthing – of transformation – which makes it a wonderful time to rediscover our purpose in life.
So, what is the definition of your purpose? Simply put, it is the reason you were created and why you exist. But purpose by itself is useless without action and action is useless without
purpose. Some people seem to know their life purpose from a very early age. I’ve met people who have told me they knew exactly what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives as early as age 13, 10, and even eight. Believe me, this is rare. For the rest us, finding our purpose takes time. Sometimes decades. Many of us will search and change our purpose over time as we learn, mature, and experience more of life. However, just like physical growth, there are no shortcuts when finding our purpose. Specifically, without spiritual and emotional growth our efforts to find purpose will be thwarted.
As I mentioned above, it is rare to know your purpose in life at an early age. That’s because we need life experiences to know our unique God-given gifts. Until we’ve had opportunities to find and use our gifts, we simply cannot know what brings us and others joy. Gaining self-awareness of our gifts is essential to spiritual and emotional growth and finding our purpose. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t identified your gifts let alone your purpose. I’ve met people in their 40s and 50s who still haven’t found theirs – men and women caught up in careers or habits they were guided toward or developed in their youth before they had a chance to live life on life’s terms. They are now struggling to find their purpose because their past is all they know. But it doesn’t have to remain this way. Remember, it only takes 21 days to change a habit.
Here’s how you can find or rediscover your purpose in five steps:
- Commit to spending one hour a week for three weeks to identify your unique, God-given gifts.
- Select a “safe and sacred” space to do your work.
- Notice your gifts that bring you joy.
- Acknowledge the amount of time you spend each week using your gifts.
- Establish the road map to discover your purpose through your gifts.
When you find activities that bring you and others joy, start devoting your time to it. When you feel joy, it is such a powerful emotion that it speaks the truth from your very soul. You should organize all your activities toward focusing on your gifts. The more you do this, the more you’ll discover help and compatriots that just seem to fortuitously appear. Or as, Chicken Soup for the Soul, author, Jack Canfield said, “Once you are clear about what you want and keep your mind constantly focused on it, the how will keep showing up – sometimes just when you need it and not a moment earlier.”
Join us next week for the second part of my article…
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