Written in love by Jewel Amber
My dad always told me if it ever feels like he’s working, then he knows his time is up at his job. My dad is so passionate about people. He retired from the army back in 1999 and has spent his last years in homeless shelters, prisons, libraries, churches and hospice facilities. Anything having to do with people and needs; you can probably find my dad there. Currently he’s working with the veterans; how fitting for him! When I see him interacting with others, my heart smiles because it’s almost as if he’s floating. Floating in the sense of smoothness; a natural interaction he shares with people. So when I hear the word purpose-I instantly think of whatever you can do all day for free. Whatever brings you joy; something that’s not forced. For me, it’s also people. I could talk to people allll day. Helping, sharing, counseling are just some of the few words I’m drawn to. Sometimes people get caught up in finding one purpose or one job or even focus on pay. But, to me purpose can be anything.
Purpose should be focused on sharing what you’re naturally good at with others, to make an impact on this earth. All across this earth, people are born with different talents & strengths. Sometimes people want obvious talents like singing or ball playing, but I have come across some pretty special people with not so “surfacy” talents. Have you ever met someone who was really bubbly? Always smiling and eager to speak to you regardless of if they know you. I have. And I will tell you; they bless me tremendously by just their mere existence.
Purpose. Changing Lives. Changing People & changing moments by whatever you’re good at. So don’t get caught up with finding just ONE purpose or with something that you think has to make you money. Think about it this way-you meet someone on the bus, riding to work and there is someone sitting across from you contemplating suicide. You have no idea, but your natural instinct is to speak to strangers and smile at everyone you see. So you do. You engage them; you make them feel so warm and loved by just the tone of your voice. I believe we are all born to be loved. The excitement and love that exudes from you is literally giving them life and for those few moments; they feel worth. So, no your purpose wasn’t necessarily the job you were on your way to, but on the bus with that young lady who felt there was nothing else to live for. Your purpose was in the love that was already in you, the smiles that overflow; nothing was forced or worked on. It’s always been there and always will. All you did was give it away. You saved a life for free. And this is just one example of purpose; everyday you have the opportunity to “save lives.”
Every day is a new day to be you and let that make differences across the world…..Sometimes you can just ask yourself “What brings you joy?” and often your purpose is lurking around the corner 😉