“I am here to serve. I am here to inspire. I am here to love. I am here to live. I am here to live my truth.” – Deepak Chopra
This quote from Deepak Chopra really resonates with me because it pretty much sums up my personal beliefs about what our purpose in this life is all about. I believe we are here to serve one another and our communities. I believe we are here to inspire each other to be a better version of ourselves everyday and to make a difference in the lives of others. I believe we are here to love one another unconditionally. I believe we are here to live life to the fullest extent…to experience life in all its glory and to have a positive impact on the world and the people in it. I believe we are here to live our truth, to be our authentic selves and to share that with others and our community.
But that’s real easy to say…a bit harder to live out at times, especially with all that society teaches us and throws at us. I think it takes a certain level of personal conviction and desire…you have to choose to live your purpose. And with so many distractions in today’s society, so many things in your life pulling you in other directions, not to mention the people standing by passing judgment on you for the purpose you’ve chosen to live out, it can be a hard choice to make and/or stick with over time. But, with a little passion and determination, it can be done!
One of my favorite illustrations of living your purpose and making a difference in life is the Starfish poem…”One day an old man was walking down the beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. As the old man approached the young man, he asked, “Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?” The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. The old man exclaimed, “But there must be thousands of starfish. How can your efforts make any difference?” The young man looked down at the starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said, “It makes a difference to this one!””
Such a beautiful, powerful and illustrative poem. And I think it is important to remember that at any given time in our lives we may be the old man who doesn’t see the purpose of certain actions, or the young man who is determined to make a difference no matter what, or the starfish who just needs a little help. That is part of the ebb and flow of life. What’s matters is that we strive to be more like the young man so that we can inspire those who take after the old man to change their thinking while at the same time helping those starfish out there who just need a little help.
So how do you serve? How do you inspire? How do you live your truth? How do you share your love? What can you do today to begin living your purpose? You don’t have to do major things every day toward that end…even just a small thing each day makes a big difference – small steps really do lead to big successes!