“This ‘calling-it-in’ in life is getting old. Between depression, anxiety, and boredom I’m having trouble finding the point! What now?”
Someone needs a mission!
Once in a while I’ll run a newsletter featured article here on chipur. I posted this particular piece in last week’s edition, and received some nice feedback.
I’d like to share it again…
The Mission is Possible (and necessary)
Sooner or later, if you keep your heart and mind open, you’ll come upon your life’s mission (purpose). Actually, you may have several. And when you find it/them, the dots connecting, it’s the greatest feeling imaginable.
And what makes it even better is knowing something life-altering has happened.
You’ve arrived, and you know it.
Now, you may not have all the details handled, but I’m convinced they’ll naturally come together over time. And that’s because – well – you’re there.
Knowing your mission in life offers so many perks – to self and others. chipur readers often find themselves in the throes of great suffering, and having a mission is the ultimate remedy. 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche summed it perfectly…
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
Need Some Help?
But maybe you need a little help finding your mission. A great place to start is to search for your version of life’s meaning. Here’s a super bit of wisdom from psychotheorist (and Auschwitz concentration camp survivor) Viktor Frankl.
He believes the meaning of life can be found in three ways…
- Creating a work or doing a deed.
- Experiencing something or encountering someone.
- In the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.
He goes on to point-out that the search for meaning was absolutely the primary motivation in his life, as opposed to living for a “secondary rationalization of instinctual drives.” I love it!
Frankl notes the obvious – the meaning of life differs from person to person. And this difference biz is a day to day/hour to hour phenomenon.
But Frankl is quick to point out it isn’t so much just the meaning of life that matters. No, he believes it’s all about the meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.
That said, Frankl proposes that though the meaning of life is always changing, it never ceases to exist.
In a spirit of sharing and example, I’d like to present my life’s missions…
- Support my children in their endeavors to be who they’d like to be – assisting them in finding and implementing their personal missions.
- Bring a sense of perspective and relief to chipur readers and my clients.
That’s it! And in keeping those simple missions forward in my heart and mind, any of the accessories I need to sustain them – and my life – come naturally.
How could you ever hope to navigate your way through an all too tumultuous life without a sense of direction and healthy gratification? Finding meaning and mission provide exactly that.
Here’s a very simple and “that-makes-sense” task for you…
Take the time to jot-down what you believe your life’s mission is.
It may take a few sittings over a couple of days to get it right, but you’ll be glad you devoted the time.
How great to have it at your side for easy reference when life gets a little tough.
Think of it – identity, perspective, gratification, inspiration, and motivation right at your fingertips!
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