Ever wondered why you were here to do? What you wanted to do? Maybe as a kid you dreamt of being a cowgirl, a doctor, actor, firefighter, or athlete. My son Wesley, he is not run of the mill. When he was about 5 years old he came and said I want to make video games. And never in his life did that change that idea. He is going to school now to learn how to produce and make video games and the stories behind them. Then there is me. I had many different dream jobs. I created dreams about the job opportunities that I was offered. But then my dream would change fast. It wasn’t about one thing. The dream was about what I might do with the opportunity. Because of this I moved from one dream to the next quickly and easily. Maybe you are like my son Wesley or maybe you are more like me. Then again maybe you have given up on having your dream. I want to tell a story
A frustrated young man went to see the wise man in his village.
“I don’t know what to do with my life. How do I find my purpose?” the young man asked.
“Follow me,” said the old man.
Silently, they trudged together to a far away river where they found dozens of prospectors panning for gold.
“There are three types of prospectors here,” the sage said.
“What do you mean?” the young man inquired.
“There are those who strike gold straight away. Excited, they take their plunder, cash it in and live comfortably for the rest of their lives. Then there are those who pan for years. They know that there is gold here and they have seen others strike it rich, so they persist until they too find the gold that they’ve been searching for.”
“What about the third type?” asked the young man.
“They are the individuals who get frustrated that they haven’t found what they are looking for, so after a day, a week or a year or more, they give up, walk away and never find gold.”
Slightly confused, the young man asked, “What has this got to do with finding my purpose?”
“Aah yes, the age-old question.” the old man smiled and looked his companion in the eye. “There are those in life who look for their purpose and seem to find it almost immediately. From a young age they have a clear sense of purpose and pursue their dreams with energy and enthusiasm. Some others have to look a bit harder, perhaps for many years, but if they persist and keep looking, they will find something to live for. Finally, there are those who want to know their purpose, but they become frustrated with the search and give up too soon, returning to a life of meaningless wandering.”
“Can everyone find their purpose?”
“Is there gold in the river?” the wise man responded.
“So, how do I find my own purpose?”
“But what if I want to find it quicker?”
“Son, there are no guarantees that you will be able to find it quickly, the only guarantee is that if you give up and stop looking for it, you’ll never find it.”
The young man looked despondent, feeling that he had wasted his time with the old man.
He felt a reassuring hand on his shoulder, “I can sense your frustration, but let me assure you, if you can find your true calling in life, you will live with passion, make the world a better place, be richer than you could imagine and feel as though the very face of God Himself is smiling upon you. That may happen next week, next year or in the years ahead, but the search will be worth it and your life will never be the same again. So for now, your purpose is to find your purpose.”
“Oh, and there’s one other thing that I forgot to mention.”
“Just as those men and women need to get down to the river with a pan to find their gold, so we need to remain active to find our purposes, we don’t find it sitting around at home doing nothing.”
It was getting late, so the two men turned for home and began their long walk back to the village.
As they walked, the young man was deep in thought about what he had just learned, and the wise man smiled to himself, knowing that conversations like this were an important part of living his own purpose.
Conversations like this are my purpose This is what I am here to do. I am here to provide you with tools to have an Amazing Life. I am here to assist you to learn of Your Value! I have been doing this a long time. I have the tools you need to get there. Start with going to the facebook page and put your purpose in the community. Also put in “I Have Value” That is a great way to move onto your next portion of the path and develop your amazing life
In our next Blog we will be talking about 5 astonishing ways to discover your purpose …
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