Much of what’s going on in today’s world requires us to focus on ourselves.
We’re supposed to look out for our best interest. Compete with others for the best job, the biggest car, and the nicest house.
Media messages bombard us with the call to be self-centered and ego-maniacal
When we start to live with purpose, the people around us become more important. Instead of focusing ourselves, we focus on our family, our community, and even the world at large.
That’s quite a bit of a change in perspective and something that will come over time. The cool thing is that the transition is effortless.
You start with purposeful living and end up focusing more on the needs of your loved ones. This could involve paying more attention to your spouse and kids.
From there it moves toward your extended family and your circle of friends.
You notice feelings of happiness as you work with others. Helping them out feels good. Living a purpose driven life that includes other people who are important to us is a great feeling.
From there it fans out. As you get closer to your kids, for example, you get closer to their friends. You also become more empathetic to the needs of other parents and their children.
Your focus starts to shift from you and your immediate family to your local community. Then it moves to the global community. And that’s a very good thing.
Regardless of our teaching and how much we want to believe it, we don’t live in a bubble. We live in a community that stretches across the entire globe.
Our actions, our purchases, and how we choose to live our lives have an impact on everyone else. We can no longer afford and shouldn’t want to live a self-centered life.
You find that community and co-operation give you a much better feeling. It’s yet another advantage to living your life with purpose.
You get to see the world from a different perspective. Not only that, but you’ll also be setting a good example for your children and others around you.
As they see you care about and help others, they become inspired to do the same. That’s pretty powerful stuff.
Your choice to live with purpose can affect hundreds, if not thousands of others and inspire them to do the same.
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Overheard: “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
~ Omar Khayyam