Wayne Dyer in his book Wisdom of the Ages quotes poet George Bernard Shaw:
“This is the true joy in life: The being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.”
I couldn’t agree more. Shaw contrasts this purposefulness with being
“a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
What is your purpose? The one that makes you feel used by a higher power than the selfish “me?”
I often thought my purpose was to love. A great cause, to be sure and an enjoyable one. At other times, I thought my purpose was to teach wisdom I had gained from reading and living. Not bad. It beats selfishness.
But for the first time in my life, I am feeling used by a greater force. That force is Life itself. It has shown me that death is our ultimate enemy and that I can do something about it. Now I can live with renewed focus and go forward burning all my energy on this one thing: living fully without fear of death.
To do that, I am going to need to shift my mindset about death and life. For instance, I am going to need to open my ears to the people that can help me do this and shut my ears to those that say it is impossible, illogical or a passing phase of grieving.
If you don’t know what your purpose is… remain open to it. Perhaps it will take a significant life event to make you aware of it. Or perhaps you are blocking it by giving yourself to other, even noble, pursuits. But are they your individual purpose? If you have the slightest doubt, if it doesn’t feel quite right to you, then it probably isn’t.
Perhaps your purpose is to be found by facing your worst enemy (like death?). Perhaps some things I am writing are ringing true for you and you want to join Life Forever Now’s efforts to stop death and support Life.
If this sounds right to you, read, tweet, follow, link, and email these posts. Print them out and talk about them. It’s that easy because these actions raise consciousness. If people don’t respond positively at first to the message of Life Forever Now, remember the words of Mahatma Gandhi.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”