Let me declare at the outset that these thoughts are inspired by Matthew Kelly, the author of the book The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose. This was the most influential book I read as I prepared for retirement and wondered what to do with the rest of my life. More specifically, it opened the thinking on life purpose. Three year later, I am rereading the book and so it is fresh on my mind. I have become a student and teacher of life purpose and how it should shape our life goals.
Matthew’s proposition is that our life purpose can be found at the intersection of three things:
- Our strengths or God-given talents.
- Our passions (where we love to spend our time).
- Our needs…physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual, i.e. what we need to thrive.
We have unique life purposes so don’t look for it in others. Our purpose is discovered / discerned / revealed through inquiry, reflection and prayer.
I made it through my corporate career without giving this much thought. Now in retirement, I am obsessed with life purpose and marvel at the impact of a written purpose statement. I use words like satisfying and purposeful to describe how I spend my time; the outcome is happiness and joy. I highly recommend that you read the book and use it to guide or refine your life purpose statement.
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