Your purpose is tossed around a lot. Finding it. Living it. What is it? Recently I was having a conversation around purpose. I think it often comes up during transitions in life. Maybe parenting, retirement or just changing directions. That next or new chapter in life.
The conversation around purpose got me thinking of mine. At that moment in time I couldn’t think of my “purpose”. How did I find it? Did I already have it? What did I want it to be? I quickly realized my purpose (or anyone) didn’t have to be earth shattering. Most of us are not going to save the world. Maybe our piece of it but not the whole planet.
I concentrated on what I wanted to do. How I wanted to make a difference. At the end of the day what did I want people to say about me. I think that last question tipped the scales for me. I want people to say I was there. Simple. That I showed up for them. I listened, encouraged, supported and was there 100%.
So my purpose is to show up. It is as simple as that and as difficult. Showing up in all circumstances. From being a cheerleader to just listening during a grieving period. To be that person you can count on to show up.
I also know that showing up has been something I have always done. If I tell you I will be there I am. If you ask my opinion I give it (you might not like it but you did ask). If you need encouragement I am excited for you. I felt it resonate in my soul that this was my purpose and had been all along. It has always been part of my core.
So if you are looking for your purpose just ask yourself what do I do automatically. What traits are in my soul – that I don’t overthink I just do. When I do this I feel good. That I made a difference. Remember it doesn’t have to be huge it could be showing up. Or creating a safe environment to explore. To raise individuals with integrity. Or what about living with integrity and showing the people around you how it is done.
If you can’t think of a purpose or a passion don’t beat yourself up. Put if aside and continue to create the life you want. Explore and push boundaries. See what happens. Don’t overthink things. Just be.
I’m here to show up for you. So drop me a line if you want to connect. There is nothing I enjoy more than exploring possibilities.
You can always start now!