Being purpose-full

Posted: May 3, 2012 in Musings, Personal
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“To be without purpose is the same as being dead, only less peaceful.”                                    Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould, from Anne Perry’s “Dorchester Terrace.”

I was immersed in Anne Perry’s latest mystery when I came upon this quote, making me stop and think about purpose.  Some purposes last a lifetime while others come,  are fulfilled and a new purpose begins.  Purposes can run concurrently. A purpose may or may not be a (paid) job.  I once had the purpose of getting people into shape, though being a personal trainer for 16 years ((and prior to that, by teaching PE to high school students.)   I had another purpose in home schooling both our girls though high school. For a time, my purpose was being the president of our church congregation (something I certainly didn’t choose to do, but ended up embracing and enjoying!!)   I’ll be looking for a new purpose or purposes once I’ve moved and my husband and I are living in the same place again.  I think I’d like to tutor people of any age to improve their reading, since I love to read and can’t imagine not being able to read well, but we’ll see what develops.

One of my main purposes has been to be a stay-at-home mom; a purpose I think is very important but which has its difficulties (and I’m not talking about the  mom part.)  When we get together with friends and everyone except me has a job outside the home, it can be hard listening to everyone talk about their jobs: what they’re working on, what they might do next, their successes.  Being a parent doesn’t always have the immediate rewards. promotions, or raises , letting you know you’re doing a good job!   I very much appreciate that my husband has always supported me and recognized (to other people, too) all the work I do (yes, a stay-at-home mom works!)  Being a stay-at-home mom has also afforded me the flexibility to help a number of people in a variety of ways.  If not for stay-at-home moms (or dads) and retired people, a lot of things wouldn’t get done at all or as well!

My main purpose:

  • living my life as the best Christian I can be; in everything I think, do and say.

Purposes that flow from this:

  • being a loving, productive member of our family.  That includes (but is not limited to) loving and supporting my husband and daughters and creating a home.
  • using the talents God’s given me in whatever ways I can.
  • helping as many people as I can in whatever ways I can, including being a good friend, but not just helping friends and people I know.
  • never stop growing, trying new things and enjoying the life I’ve been given.
  • be ready embrace new purposes as I discover them (and to be open to the possibilities.)

Short-term purposes:

  • getting our house ready to put on the market and get ready to move.

What do you see as your purpose or purposes?

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