Thinking about finding our calling or our life’s purpose can stir up huge visions. It’s easy to get caught up in these visions.
The ghosts of Gandhi or Mother Teresa can be intimidating. You can become discouraged to the point where you never take the first step.
And no wonder. That type of “goal” is overwhelming and seems unattainable.
The good news is that you don’t have to dedicate your entire life to your calling. It doesn’t have to be this all-consuming thing.
You can make a difference on a small scale. You’ll help the people around you and you’ll gain the benefits of a purpose driven life.
This is something to keep in mind as you discover and fine-tune your purpose.
Here are a few simple examples of things you can do with purpose. They’ll make a real difference in the lives of those they touch.
None of these are very expensive. But they will have a noticeable impact, especially over time. Having a huge calling is nice. But for now, keep your attention on living your life with purpose and intention.
Spending Quality Time With Your Spouse And Kids
Our lives are hectic and busy. Often we don’t spend any quality time with our loved ones.
Instead, we race from commitment to commitment, cramming in a few meals and a bit of parenting here and there. At the end of the day, we collapse on the couch for a big helping of mindless television watching.
Become more intentional and purposeful in how you spend time with your family. Set aside pockets of time each day to give them your full attention. Plan some fun outings and activities. Make this an opportunity to reconnect with the people who are most important to you.
Creating And Sharing Care Packages For The Homeless
Get some large Ziploc bags. You can start by heading to the dollar store. Pack a bag with a few personal hygiene products. Include some non-perishable food and a pair of socks or a hat.
Keep them in your car and hand them out to homeless people you come across.
Adopt A Soldier
Make the day of a soldier overseas with a monthly letter and small care package. Google “adopt a soldier” to learn more and to find a soldier or unit you can connect with.
Decluttering Your Home And Downsizing Your Possessions
Let’s bring it back home for this last example. Living with purpose is all about living with intention.
If you’ve intended to de-clutter your home then work that into your plan. Donate what you no longer need. You’ll see how free you feel when you’re no longer weighed down by all this extra “stuff”.
Notice that you don’t have to go out into the community to live with purpose. Your first order of business is to address your personal life and your home.
Start there and then branch out toward the world at large.
Overheard: “All that counts in life is intention.”
~ Andrea Bocelli