Gale over at Galesmind gave us a little challenge and a prompt and asked what we think our purpose in life is and what we think we’ll take home when we leave. I couldn’t resist.
I asked myself often what my purpose might be. I also asked myself often what the purpose of people in general might be. Do we really have a purpose here? Are we arriving on this planet with a purpose, with a task or do we just come here to live our life? I don’t have an answer for myself just yet.
I think we are born into a life on a planet that should be worth to be looked after. Maybe our purpose isn’t on a big scale but rather to focus on ourselves and make the best out of what we have and who we are. We live on a planet that is worth looking after, that is worth protecting. But would that really be our purpose? If yes, then we are failing big time.
I never felt like I was born here with a mission. I never had the feeling that I desperately needed to do something in order to fulfill an agenda behind my very existence. I do know though, that I can make a difference on this planet. I can make a difference in someone’s life. I can make a difference by doing my little bits to protect nature and animals. And I can make a difference for the future by teaching my children the right values or what I believe are the right values.
I saw this recently, before I saw Gales challenge, and it made me think. I believe there is a lot to this. Over the time we change so much and move away from what we were when we were born. Although I believe in God, I’m not super religious but there is this one phrase that sticks to my mind, always but especially after becoming a mom: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”
I don’t know where in the Bible this is mentioned, many of you would know. But it’s something that’s close to my heart.
There is innocence, love, tolerance, openness, acceptance, awareness, respect in our children. There are dreams. It all kind of goes away to a certain point while growing up. Just because of having to fit in and follow rules. I know that there must be rules but I still believe it’s sad that all those beautiful characteristics shrink back or even disappear. So maybe it’s all about un-becoming anything that we became. To be the open-minded person we were when we were still a child.
I’m not sure if I’m on the journey to un-become or still on a journey to become. What I know is that I want to be the best I can be. I don’t want to hurt people but I will for sure also not let people hurt me or my family. There are values that I rate very highly and try to live by and also try to teach my children. I accept that there are things I simply cannot change but I sure try to change the things I’m able to and find they need to be changed. I’m not sure if you can call this a purpose. Still, I’m happy to call it my purpose.
When I leave I will take this with me. The knowledge that I did my very best to make this place a better place. To bring a smile on someone’s face, to make someone feel better, feel loved and accepted. I will take with me the knowledge that I leave at least two people behind who will pass values on to others. I will leave at least two people behind, who will make someone smile and feel loved and who will do their best to make this place a better place. I will know that those two will do their best to leave more people behind who will do the same things.
I will happily go home, knowing this.
Now let me take this slightly further. I would love to tag some of my blogger friends for this challenge. Just because I would love to hear what they think about this topic. Feel free to do it. You don’t have to!