© 2019 Samantha Jenkins
Finding your life's purpose has compelled, challenged, and perplexed humans across time.
Philosophy, and religion, have long-offered their ideas about it and, now, there are plenty of books, and coaches, offering to help you find your life's purpose too.
When these modern day books, and coaches, talk about your purpose, they're typically referring to your work in the world. The work you really came here to do.
Usually, this is some kind of divinely inspired, or passionate, work where you get to use your gifts, help others, and make plenty of money. It's an attractive idea, and it can draw you in.
At some level there's nothing wrong with this idea, if it genuinely fits for you.
But, the premise on which this idea is based can be unhelpful, and even harmful.
It reinforces that deeply embedded western belief that says your purpose, and value, depend on what you do, including your work in the world.
This might be fine if you gain meaning, and value, from what you do but, if not, you can be left feeling lost, lacking, and confused.
What if you never find what you're really here to do?
Or you're unemployed, retired, or happy to have a job that just pays the bills?
Or you're ill, or disabled, and unable to do what you'd like?
Or you have to let go of your work, because of circumstances beyond your control?
Do you cease to have a purpose? Have you lost your reason for being?
Of course not.
But that's the risk, when you see your life's purpose through the limited lens of 'doing' and 'work'.
Your life's purpose is always far greater than that.
Your life's purpose is to be here, as YOU.
There’s over 7 billion humans on the planet, and there’s no-one quite like you.
There never has been, and there never will be.
The probability of you being here is almost zero. You're basically a miracle.
Your life is an opportunity to know, explore, and express the miracle that is you.
It's a precious chance to experience, and expand into, the fullness of who you really are.
It's a chance to experience life, and this world, through your own unique perspective.
When you search for your life's purpose outside of yourself, you'll be left forever wanting.
Your life's purpose doesn't just exist 'out there' in your doing and work.
It lives WITHIN you.