What is purpose? Do we need purpose in life? Does everyone feel a purpose or need to feel a purpose? Does it come automatically for some, or is it a learned behavior?
Here’s what I learned about purpose.
noun: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
verb: have as one’s intention or objective.
The Purpose Driven Church believes meaning comes from understanding God’s purpose for putting us here on earth.
Here are some additional thoughts.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
This last quote by Dostoyevsky is the one that spoke to me. It says nothing about being paid well or at all, acquiring trophies, climbing the highest mountain or running the fastest race. It simply says find something to live for. Well, my grandchildren are a pretty darn good reason, at least for me. Being a part of their lives is a grand purpose in my book.
There is a window though, a fairly tiny window because of how fast time flies by. For a little while grandparents are cool, then not so much, so I am trying to catch the butterfly while I can. After that, I may have to find another purpose, but for now, that’s what I’m here for, well that and writing. I do like to do that.