Friday, May 9, 2014

A Few Thoughts on Purpose


“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.”
Henry David Thoreau


“The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don't.”
Jim Rohn


“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
William James


I am so glad to be home.  It feels good to do the thing I love doing most.  What a privilege this is.  Seriously, it is a huge privilege to write.  There are writers who write about how writing can be painful and laborious.  I suppose it can be at times, but honestly, for me, the hardest part is not the writing, but the things around the writing, like trying to concentrate, or having doubts about my abilities, or wondering if I’ll be able to make a living at this, or trying to figure out how to get more time to do this.  But the writing itself is wonderful.  The best part is when I start working, often feeling tired or afraid or sick or hungry or discouraged and then watching those disappear as I do my work.  It truly doesn’t get any better than this.
There are very few things I need, other than to sit alone with my Muse and do my work.  Is there anything better?  Honestly, there isn’t.  I didn’t realize until I began writing how strong my introverted side is.  If all I had to do was stay with my Muse, I think I would be quite content.  It’s not that I don’t need, want, or like people, but I would love to spend a lot more time doing this.
Even now, as I’m writing, I feel the stress and fears of the day vanishing, as if they never were.  I also feel my fatigue vanishing.  Even my cold isn’t bothering me that much.  It’s as if there was nothing in the world, but my Muse and me.
If none of this makes sense, or if it seems self-indulgent, remember that while this is about writing for me, it could be about anything for anyone else.  It could be about working with children or starting a business or teaching or selling a product.  It doesn’t matter.  This following is what I have learned about Purpose:
·      It is something I love to do.
·      It has created a sense of well-being.
·      I rarely need a break from it.  In fact, I feel like I could put a lot more time into it.
·      There are times when I don’t want to do anything else.
·      It often releases my tension, sadness, anger and sometimes even physical symptoms.
·      If I neglect it for too long, I feel irritable and anxious.
·      Although I love people, I’m content to be alone with my Muse and work.
·      Sometimes I do my work with music, but I find silence helpful, too.
·      I often feel close to God when I’m in my Purpose.
·      All my “problems” seem unimportant, or better yet, non-existent.
·      Sometimes other things in life are just things I have to do until I can start writing. 
·      Being in Purpose has led me to new and exciting goals, such as my house on the beach.
·      Being in Purpose has made not made my life easier, but it’s not as difficult as it used to be either.
·      I can’t wait to wake up with my Muse in the morning and keep doing this.
·      I can’t wait to Get Started and to Keep Going.