Your Life MattersBy
Why Does Your Life Matter?
Of course your life matters! You’re important to others in life and you make contributions in life by the roles you play – mother, father, wife, husband, daughter, son, sibling, grandparent, friend, employee, employer, business owner, in service to your country, politician, caregiver, provider, protector, athlete, student, teacher, entertainer, musician, artist, author, speaker, volunteer, environmentalist, and so on.
And, no doubt, you play your roles in commendable ways and are a success. Maybe some roles are a bit challenging, but that’s ok. There’s a saying that goes like this, “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly at first.” In other words, you’ll get better at it as time goes on and you have more experience or you’ll drop the role or finally realize that you could use a different perspective and maybe get some outside help.
The tendency is to get wrapped up in our roles and lose sight of the big picture in life -your purpose. It’s pretty easy to do that because the roles we have in life usually include responsibilities and the expectations of others who rely on us to do our part. This is obviously a good thing. Can you imagine society if we all just walked away from our roles?
It’s really a blessing that we usually are not thinking about our purpose in life when we’re younger and dealing with the ups and downs of maturing. No, thinking about your purpose comes later when there are quiet moments to be had and you realize that your time here on earth is limited. Or, you get so overwhelmed that you’re ready to “let go and let God” or maybe you have a tragedy that is beyond comprehension or a serious health issue. These are the types of situations that are divinely orchestrated to wake us up to our purpose.
The key is to connect your roles in life to your purpose and the sooner you do that, the easier and more satisfying your life becomes. How do you do that?
First, explore what you think your purpose in life is. Know that this process may take awhile and your purpose may be subject to changes and revisions within a range of what’s important to you.
Allow yourself to simply ponder the questions below any time that you have some solitude and before you go to sleep at night. Keep a little notebook by your bedside because you may find that the answers come to you in the morning or in a dream or when you’re showering. They can actually come at any time and you’ll want to capture the messages in writing for later use. Take some time to mentally ask:
• Why does my life matter?
• What about my life matters?
• What am I here to experience, to do and understand?
• What am I passionate about?
Next, evaluate your roles in life in terms of your purpose. Notice how you are either expressing your purpose or you’re not in the various roles. Chances are if you are struggling with a role or you are unhappy in it, you probably are stifling expression of your purpose. You can either figure out a way to be authentic in the role and honor your purpose or focus less on the role and more on expressing compassion in it or leave it entirely. Maybe turn the issue over to a higher power for resolution or whatever else you might come up with.
At the highest level, we are each here to evolve our soul qualities and attain enlightenment. On a daily basis, this means that we are seeking to experience the intangible positive aspects in life such as love, harmony, joy, freedom, bliss, peace, acceptance, compassion, patience and much more as well as the undesirable aspects such as frustration, anger, impatience, judgment, fear, worry, jealousy, envy, hate and so on.
It is in the contrast of experiencing the intangible aspects of life that we have the opportunity to connect with our purpose. The overall goal is to choose the roles that support us in expressing our purpose or upgrade the ones we’re in and express the qualities we value. In this context, your life really, really matters more than you may know.
© Deborah A. Lindholm
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