Part of what we know about purpose is that it is having an intention to achieve a goal that is both personally meaningful and makes a positive mark on the world. These can be goals like launching an organization, researching a disease, or teaching kids to read, or volunteering with an organization whose mission resonates with you.
There is an important distinction in that sentence above. Purpose can be something long term, with a huge impact on the world. It can also be captured in PURPOSE MOMENTS, like teaching a child to read or volunteering with an organization. Purpose moments can be a hand-written note to someone that lets them know you appreciate them. Purpose moments can be thanking the clerk at the grocery store, the hospital worker or any other essential worker. Any of these could be personally meaningful and leave a positive mark.
There is a beautiful poem about Success by Ralph Waldo Emerson that my Dad carried in his wallet. You could replace the word Success with Purpose and get to the same place. I hope you enjoy.
What is Success?
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
What have been some of your Purpose Moments over the past couple of weeks?