Have you ever thought why are you here?
Not an easy question to answer and possibly because it’s framed around “why”…
How about what’s your purpose in life?
Big question… but I think a worthwhile journey to find your answer. I’d hate to die not appreciating what my purpose here had been… By the way, related to this I recommend reading “Dead Ahead” by @KateGL.
How about what’s your prime purpose?
To me that feels like a more tangible, immediate question to answer. It’s about primacy not absolute answers. It’s a question that might even guide our answers to the questions above.
Perhaps if you were the Dalai Lama you’d say your prime purpose is to be happy or to seek happiness. I don’t see life that way…
Firstly, happiness is often all around us though at times it may be overwhelmed by other negative experiences.
Secondly, happiness has value in the context of the trials & tribulations of life. Happiness & unhappiness come together – without the appreciation of one you can’t experience the other.
Thirdly, to blindly & singularly only seek happiness might lead us to avoid the risks & challenges that might also lead to unhappiness. I’ve always found endeavour motivating.
So what’s my prime purpose?
To raise my children? It’s a huge part of it but when they are grown up & have established their lives will my work have been done? It feels as my prime purpose is something that transcends the phases of my life.
To be financially secure? Again, it’s part of it but security comes and goes. Also I don’t believe the whole focus and prime purpose of my life is just about generating money.
To live long & prosper? A broader definition perhaps and there’s something appealing in that sentiment. However, there are old, prosperous and miserable people who I would not want to be. My end goal is not to win the race but to enjoy all that the journey brings and to leave something useful behind.
Is that my prime purpose then? I don’t think so. That’s my vision, my end goal. My purpose is to get there.
The only way I’ll do that is to learn, develop and help others. It’s a philosophy that’s got me here and I think it will serve me well to the end. In fulfilling that I will appreciate the journey along the way and the happiness it brings.
What’s your prime purpose?