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True happiness comes by fulfilling our purpose

If you read my last column, I want to ask you a simple question. If you didn't read my last column, you might want to go back and read it before reading any further. My question is this: What is purpose? Better yet, what is the purpose of our life?
Keep in mind when asking what is the purpose of life, it's a personal question one asks oneself. My purpose in life is going to look different from yours, and your purpose is going to be different from your best friend. While two people may have seemingly similar purposes, no two people will have the actual same purpose for life. 
See, God made us each different. We have different likes and dislikes, wants, hobbies, needs and so on. Unfortunately some of us don't embrace our differences. We think we should have the life of someone else in order to be happy, but true happiness comes by fulfilling our purpose, not the purpose of someone else.
Yes, the life someone else has might be interesting, but we should not fall into the trap of thinking they have it made. They have problems just like the rest of us. Not only that, but if we do what they are doing, we would be miserable. I promise you that much.
When I was a boy, I dreamed of being a cop, just like my dad. I arrested people, did interrogations, rescued kidnapped victims, solved murders, all the cop stuff. That is what I wanted to do with my life. Unfortunately they don't allow disabled people to be cops for safety reasons. I thought about careers I might enjoy from being a lawyer to a teacher, but with the way I talk, those jobs would be impossible. 
I went from thinking about a job I would like to have, to whatever I could find. From bookkeeping to working in a factory, I might have to do what I love on the side. However, none of those jobs, from being a cop to working in a factory, would fulfill my purpose. There was only one thing that kept coming up. You guessed it: writing.
No matter how often I tried to deny and bury it, after awhile it just kept popping up again. It wasn't until I was in college when I had to write papers every week and was getting good grades that I started to see a pattern. When I moved back home, I kept having thoughts about being a writer and helping people. That is when this job opened up for me, and I was able to take it.
What gets us up in the morning? What brings life to our bones? What are we fired up about? Just three questions, but these three questions can make all the difference in the world. They can change our life for the better.
A lot of people wake up and go to a job they hate and think this is all life has to offer. Sometimes in life we have to do what we have to do; this often means going to jobs we don't necessarily like. However, we also can find our purposes outside our jobs. Finding our purpose in life doesn't mean we are going to make a career out of it. Sometimes we have to do what gives us purpose on the side.
What keeps popping up inside of us? Maybe we love helping others and then go and do some volunteer work in our free time. It doesn't have to be every free minute we have. What about once a month? What about singing? You can sing in the car, shower, at church or at a nursing home. Do we love kids? We might want to consider working at a day care or just offering to babysit for a friend in need. 
What if I said to you, “You can have any job that you want, but you won't get payed?” Many of us wouldn't take it, and for good reason. However, there will be some people who might do it in their free time. Why? Because it will give them an opportunity to live out their purpose.
See, purpose is something we like to do even if we don't receive a paycheck for it. We will gladly do it anyway. Our purpose in life is far more valuable than any paycheck we can ever get. Our purpose will keep us going when everything else fails.
I hope I've given you some food for thought on some ways to find your purpose. I would encourage you all to get out there and see what works for you.

Published: June 12, 2017
New Article ID: 2017170619983