Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Thank you. Recently, I participated on a radio show where the topic of, “How we find our purpose” was discussed. For many years of my life I attempted to find my purpose through various goals and pursuits – through my family, academic degrees, titles, relationships and career paths.
In my experience, I found myself becoming frustrated when each of these goals and pursuits failed to secure my sense of meaning and purpose. I remained frustrated for many years until I learned a very valuable lesson. I do not have to wait to experience my meaning and purpose. My meaning and purpose occurs in the now and not exclusively because of family, an academic degree, a title, a relationship, a career or my traumatic brain injury.
In my experience, I have found that all I can know is what I know now. Consequently, by learning from and taking advantage of my circumstances and experiences I am able to experience my meaning and purpose in the now. I am able to build upon my previous circumstances and experiences. Consequently, I do not have to wait for some time in the future to discover my meaning and purpose. I can live my life with meaning and purpose in the now.
To better understand how I arrived at these conclusions, please read my 3 part series, Traumatic Brain Injury and Providence. Thank you.
“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined…you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
“Insist on yourself, never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you only have an extemporaneous half-possession…Do that which is assigned to you and you can not hope too much or dare too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You don’t have to be a person of influence to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things that they have taught me.” Scott Adams — American Cartoonist
“Do not judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
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