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10 Posts for 10 Years: #8

January 29, 2014

If you know my quirky nature, you have probably seen one of my haikus. I love the 5-7-5 rhythm and simplicity. It forces you to find the essence and clear away the flowery debris.

With that in mind, here is haiku inspired by both my Heavenly Father and my dear dad:

Father, do you know
what my spirit craves from life?
Purpose and passion

Honestly, the essence of surviving the loss of a loved one is simple: honor them by living your life. We are here in this earthly training ground to explore our positive passions such as love, creativity, humor, giving and selflessness.

And to know your purpose or, as I call it, “your word” is to take a leap toward leading a fulfilling and rich life of experiences. My word is, you guessed it: hope. Yes, I love deeply. Yes, I like to be witty. Yes, I adore giving. All of that is grounded in my mission of hope. I weigh every decision, every opportunity and every relationship against that purpose to ensure my energy is devoted to hopeful pursuits.

So, friends, I will ask it again . . . what is your purpose word? Set your passions loose on it and you will be honoring your loved ones through the actions of your life.

Mindful. Heartful. Hopeful.

February 17, 2013

Have you ever had someone tell you, “Please be mindful of your words,” or “Mind your p’s and q’s?” In short, they were asking you to think through what you say and do. It’s a simple thing, being mindful. Yet, with the pace of this world and the rigor of our responsibilities, being mindful requires us to allow a precious few seconds to pass in reflection before words come streaming across our lips. It is possible, with a conscious pause for patience. The benefit is holding back harsh words, protecting relationships and, honestly, not looking like a babbling buffoon (personal experience speaking here) in front of others.

So, if being mindful means making time to think. What does it take to be heartful? Well, first of all, we need to recognize the difference between a thought and a feeling. People, myself included, tend to shift statements interchangeably between, “I think,” and “I feel.” However, there is a difference. For example, “I think this is the right road,” versus “I feel the impact of that conversation.” Both are valid; both are valuable. “I feel” sentiments should be a genuine reflection of your heart, passed through your unique filter of conscience. To be heartful, we must honor, consider and express ourselves in a way that respects the thoughts and feelings of others. It’s empathy in action.

Ok then, how do these two concepts contribute to your greater purpose? Ah, that’s the best part. When you are mindful of your thoughts and heartful with your feelings, you are more receptive to being hopeful and sharing that hopeful energy with the world. For instance, if I want to make the most of my spare time, I am mindful and focus thoughts on ways I might mentor or volunteer. In parallel, I am heartful and recognize the uplifted feelings that helping inspires within me, as it supports the emotional needs of others. Finally, I am hopeful my time or resources will empower others to have a restored sense of purpose and hope.

To bring it round to a deeper level, living in a mindful, heartful, hopeful way does not have to be outwardly directed at all times. Try to face individual challenges, tense situations and new endeavors with thought, feeling and hope. Work through the intentions and outcomes in a journal, or share your findings in comments below. May you discover, accept and realize your greater purpose more each day.