By now you’ve put some thought into your purpose. It’s human nature to wonder why we were born and to contemplate the reason for our existence. Enlightenment, Self Actualization, or whatever you call it, the idea is that all people at some point in life think about their purpose.
I like to think there is something special that can only be done by one particular person. That, while there may be many people who can do what you do, you are the only person that can do it the way you do it. No other person on this Earth has had the exact same life and experience as you. No one else has the exact same motives, the exact same dreams, and the exact some motivation as you. Therefore, there is a perspective on any given situation that only you can give by adding the value of your life experience. Purpose, I believe, lies within that fact.
When we say something was done “on purpose” we are suggesting that what was done was not by accident. That the action was done intentionally and with a motive and that the person doing the action did so by choice. In the same way your unique life is “on purpose”. Everything that has ever happened to you occurred for a reason and with intent. I am not a believer in fate or coincidence. I am a believer that life itself is a series of causes and effects that either help or hinder us from fulfilling our purpose in life. Think about it for a moment. Think about those situations in your life that have played a pivotal role in the person you are today. Some of them were pleasant, some of them painful, but all of them either taught you a lesson or provided you with a skill or insight that you previously lacked. I know it may be hard to think of painful and negative experiences as pushing us towards our purpose but let’s really think about this idea.
How many people who you admire have some great obstacle that they had to overcome? I’d venture to say the answer to that question is ALL OF THEM. And if you asked, most will tell you that the obstacle helped to propel them or to motivate them to become who they are today. It occurred “on purpose”.
So the next time something unpleasant happens, think for a second about how it impacts your purpose. It may not be clear at the time, in fact it will probably be a challenge to figure out how the situation benefits you at all. But remember the idea that all things happen “on purpose” and at some point you will understand why.
Romaine A. Wright