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A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
-- George Santayana


The MONTHLY Motivator - August 2014


Put purpose in your day

Purpose gives power and effectiveness to whatever you’re doing. Living with a solid, meaningful purpose moves your life toward true fulfillment. Being purposeful gives you a certain amount of immunity to the time-wasting interruptions and distractions that are sure to come with each day. In short, purpose is a very beneficial thing. It’s something you already have, and you can choose to connect with it and harness it to create many good things in your life.

Yet the concept of purpose can often seem overwhelming and intimidating. After all, purpose feels like a very big thing (because, in fact, it is). So when you sit down and ask yourself, “What’s my purpose in life,” you tend to freeze up. You certainly don’t want to get this answer wrong, and that fear of getting the answer wrong can prevent you from finding any answer at all.

The thing to do is relax. Your purpose is a beautiful and natural thing, and you feel it all the time. However, it’s not something that can easily be put into words. Words and the written language, after all, have limitations. Certainly you can very effectively use spoken or written language to express certain aspects of your purpose. Yet you can never use finite, limited words to define the entirety of your limitless purpose. So let go of the thought that you must come up with a definitive statement that fully encompasses your purpose. Instead, relax and allow all sorts of beautiful, creative expressions to flow from that purpose.

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--Ralph Marston

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