It’s easy to wander aimlessly in life. We lack goals, clear vision of what we’re meant to do, or sometimes question why we’re even here. If you’re like me, you’ve asked yourself the following questions numerous times:
Why am I here?
What is my purpose?
What is the meaning of my life?
Obviously I don’t have the answers to these questions, but here’s my take on it:
We’re all gifted with certain talents, passions and skill sets. It took me a while to realize my own specific talents, because I often thought of talents as tangible. “I can dance” was the only thing I could ever come up with. However, talents extend far beyond physical capabilities (thank God). With many meaningful conversations with my Father (and my actual father), I’ve come to understand that my talents lie in writing and my ability to love and care for others. I have such a deep, deep love for other people and I’ve never really considered it a “talent.” But if you think about it, it is. Because what is the most important thing that we’re put on this earth to do?
Finding a place where our gifts meet the needs of the world allows us fulfill our purpose in life: helping others. How many times have you done something for someone and got a MUCH greater reward than what you gave? Knowing you did something kind for someone, knowing that your words have the power to heal a wounded heart, knowing that you’re helping others who may not even TELL you that you’re helping them…. That’s what life is all about.
Sometimes you’ll never know you’ve changed someone’s life.
I think about the people who read my blog. Some people leave comments; others don’t and never will, and that’s perfectly fine! I would keep writing even if I received NO comments at all because I know along the way I will help someone, somewhere. That’s what fuels me. That’s what lights me up and makes me all giddy inside. That’s why I keep writing even though I have 89 jobs (exaggeration) and no social life right now.
I also think about the people who come to my group exercise classes. I LOVE feedback (positive and negative) because it helps me grow. But what about those people that always return to class but never even say a word? Have I affected their lives at all, positively or negatively? I know it’s hard to keep pushing forward in certain areas when you don’t receive feedback, but the ONE comment or the ONE person who tells you you’ve affected their life makes it worth it.
Our words, our thoughts, our actions have the power to change the world. When we bless the world with our gifts and talents, we’re helping others, even if it’s behind the scenes.
I surely don’t have life figured out, and I never will. Life is about constantly changing, growing, and evolving into the people we’re destined to become. People will come and go, you’ll switch jobs a few times, you’ll probably live in a few different places… but there is one thing that is constant: our ability to help others.