Are you tired of hearing depressing news? Well it is almost Spring here in the northern hemisphere, so there is no excuse to be depressed. But it may be hard to uncover the positive in the middle of all the political and economic news floating about. Yet, there were several great stories this week emphasizing how important it is to live out your purpose, and what great things can come out of doing so. So if you need some positive reminders on why living out your purpose matters, read on.
Living out your purpose gives you courage. Just ask college student Michael Pollack, who spent years crafting his skill on the piano, including at least 8 years of playing one of his favorite, Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” At a Q&A session, the college freshman had the courage to request a duet with the living musical legend. It was a bold move, which you can read more about and watch on this article (opens in new window). Which leads me to ask, is what you are doing today giving you courage or preparing you to do what you were meant to do?
Living out your purpose gives you identity. Case in point: Jorge Mario Bergoglio, also known by his new title as Pope Francis. Bergoglio is a devout Catholic Jesuit, and has lived out his purpose of charity and ministry towards the poor. As a Catholic priest and Cardinal, he refused to take advantage of some of the material benefits his leadership positions have provided. Beyond his actions over the years, he has chosen to identify his purpose through name he chose as Pope Francis, inspired Francis of Assisi, who renounced his father’s wealth to serve the poor and serve the church. Living out his purpose has displayed a powerful identity in the new Pope.
Living out your purpose pushes the boundaries of what we all can imagine. Often times, it may not be possible to live out your purpose on your own. Not only do you depend on others, but others also depend on you. Take all the researchers and physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, who gathered together with the support of many other research organizations and governments to uncover a mystery of what makes matter. They just recently presented evidence identifying the elusive Higgs Boson, adding another layer of intricate complexity to the creative nature of our universe. The quest for knowing all there is to know about your purpose can help expand the potential for others. What the rest of us do with that knowledge and imagination can have a much greater impact than the initial discovery.
What’s Your Purpose?
And what are you going to do today to live it out so we don’t have so many depressing stories in the news?