My dear friends,
The concept of purpose has always been an important part of my life and my evolution. I’ve always put the concept of purpose on a high pedestal, liking it to value, worthiness, and meaning in life.
Over the years I’ve learned, though, that this elevation of the concept of purpose, perpetuated a constant state of disconnection and dissatisfaction. I found that I was chasing a concept, rather than honing a feeling. I was outwardly seeking something that could only be cultivated from the inside out.
Years ago if you had asked me what my purpose was, I would have probably said something to the degree of a writer, teacher, or speaker. But those are just bland, limiting titles, that don’t even begin to tell the story of what I’m meant to bring to the world in my lifetime. Purpose isn’t about limits and being boxed in pre-conceived notions and titles, but rather, it’s about unique, authentic expression. It’s about presence.
So now, if you were to ask me of my purpose, I would simply say that it’s to show up, as my most authentic self, and live and act from that place, every day.
I’ve found that purpose can show up in the tiniest of moments, like the care that I put into administering twice-daily insulin shots to my diabetic cat, Charlotte, to the largest scale project, like finally getting around to writing my first book.
Purpose shows up when I interact with my family and friends and when I strategize new business endeavors.
Purpose also shows up in how I engage with the concept of community, but also how I carve out self-care.
Purpose is the aligned energy that you bring to your life and an honoring of who you are in each moment. It is knowing that you, your life circumstances, and desires will change over time.
When I think about purpose in this way, it fills me up, rather than depletes me. It reminds me that I am already whole and complete and worthy, regardless of external titles and societal roles.
And this beautiful shift has made such a positive impact in my life.
If purpose is a concept that has been a struggle for you, I hope this reframe is purposeful for you (pun intended :)).
Ultimately, I believe that we are all here, at this time, for a reason. And I’m so grateful you all are here with me.
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org