“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” ~ Helen Keller
To be faithful to a worthy purpose you must first become aware of it. But how?
Many make the mistake of taking an outside-in approach. They are driven – as all people are – to find a purpose to their lives, but instead of letting their purpose emerge from the depths of their soul, they attempt to paste it on. They comb the world for a higher calling, dedicating themselves to this, that and the other thing, all the while hoping that they won’t be disappointed once again.
But the “why” of your life will never be found on the outside somewhere. The “why” of your life must emerge from the inside-out if it is to mean anything. The “why” of your life is the one purpose, the only purpose through which you can experience deep and lasting fulfillment and true happiness.
Your true purpose cannot be gotten, it must be revealed. No one can tell you what it is. It takes shape through selfless service to others, but for it to become real, to become meaningful, you must articulate it, that is, put it into words. From there you can actualize it, square any future decisions to it and discover the “hows” and “whats” that clothe the “why” in every aspect of your living.