We all have problems, some of those problems we push down until they become a weird anxiety. It bubbles up without a word and just has us living with an uneasy filling. Some of us are living a shallow life defeated and feeling that life itself is pointless. Well, I don’t have a cure for any of that 🙂 but what I do have is an answer that might help.
I love writing. I love getting thoughts out there into the world. But it isn’t enough. I woke up knowing writing isn’t enough; my writing must serve. Not me, not just me anymore, it must serve my reader and I think it has. I cannot help but write in a self-help style, I want you to live your best life now. I want your story to be a hero’s journey, I want you to live! That is what my writing aims to do.
The thing is, most of the things we do are self-serving. We want followers, we want money, we want position, we kind of know what we want. The problem is we don’t know how to give. When we give the world our best, we will get the best back. I do believe that it is not only better to give than receive, but that in the end God is no debtor, the giver will reap more than what is sown. Like everyone else I knew what I wanted, but not how to give. Until yesterday, yesterday for me was an exceptional day, not that anything happened. It was exceptional in content, I have come to an understanding about what it is I do. How I serve or give.
I talk to myself and answer my own questions. Yesterday I was in this back and forth about what I was going to do, not only with my life and problems, but also with what I was going to do with all my books. I have a lot of books. They are unorganized by categories I want to think in. Somewhere in that thinking the truth hit me. My truth. I am here to serve, my best way in serving others is through my writing. I am not a counselor, I am not a salesman, I am not a businessman, I am a writer. My purpose isn’t a why I do things, but a what I do. (It’s kind of a why now.)
It is easy to get caught up in other people’s talk of purpose. They start talking and we think that, that is the only way. Most of them say start with why, but that doesn’t have to apply to all of us. For me it is start with what. My purpose is bound in what I do. Once that was settled in my head for certain yesterday, the why came. I write to serve others, you, my readers. I write in hopes of making your life better.
So applying this to you; we all will live a better life if we live to serve others. It doesn’t matter if you sell cars, clean toilets, walk dogs, teach, run a small business, our purpose in life will ultimately come down to service and that is where we will find true joy. Here is the trick to figuring it out: who, what, when, where, and why are all ways to find your how to serve others. On top of that for some people the how is their what, how they do things matters and how they do it is how they serve. We can all serve and if you don’t know what your purpose is then you are on a quest to find it. But you will find it tin the serving. The size of your service to others is determined by you. Don’t get caught in others view of success. Success isn’t about money, it is about serving. I do believe if you pursue your calling, you will be able to make the money you need and have a happy life; as long as greed and envy don’t cloud your judgment. You will live a hero’s journey with plenty of problems, trials, tribulations, and purpose, making it all worth while.