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What Is Your Purpose?

Here is a definition of the word “PURPOSE”: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.

I believe that almost all of us, at various times of our lives, reflect on what is our “PURPOSE” in life.  We all wear many “hats” in our worlds ranging from being:

  • Parents
  • Spouses
  • Grandparents
  • Siblings
  • Friends
  • Work colleagues
  • Volunteers

This list can go on and on.  To some/large extent, we have “purpose” in every one of these roles.  At times, the exact “purpose” may evade us, but with enough deep thinking, we can usually come up with multiple “purposes” that we fulfill.

For those people surrounded by lots of others, such as working parents that have fulltime job commitments, children to nurture and household responsibilities, there is zero time to think about “purpose” as they are too busy applying their “purpose” to everyone and everything around them.  However, for more isolated people such as the elderly that have perhaps lost their spouses, there is lots more time to reflect on “purpose”.

The reason I am posting this entry:  When the lack of “purpose” is felt, depressive thoughts are almost certain to follow.  Once again, this is a scenario much more likely to be seen in the elderly.  If you have an elderly relative, friend, church member or other people you know that appear to be slipping deeper and deeper into a depressive state, try to help them find their “Purpose”.   By doing so, you will help them to a higher state of happiness and that will translate into heightened health.

There was a very funny Off-Broadway musical we saw years ago that was a sort of R-rated Muppets type of show where all the characters were puppets.  One of the main characters sang a very funny song called “Purpose”.  I don’t think the show is around anymore, but if “Avenue Q” ever comes around again, check it out if are okay with raunchy humor.

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