“The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.”
I had lunch with a friend yesterday who is leading an effort to show young children that good food and healthy lifestyles can be fun besides being good for you. She recruits volunteers to work with the children in schools, day camps and clubs. Older folks join with the kids for one hour a week for eight weeks not just running the events but actually partnering with the kids to make the experience rewarding to both the kids and the adults. It is true that the program benefits the kids and works to minimize their growing into obese adults and so from a societal standpoint it is worthwhile. But for me an equal benefit is the opportunity for the adult volunteers to reap the reward of being able to do something that is fun, intergenerational and friendship generating. Too many of the people in my generation just sit on the sidelines and let life pass them by. Fortunately there are people like my friend who stands up and hollers “Come on in everyone, join the fun.” Even if you or I help only one child live a happier and healthier life we will have left a legacy that most never get a chance to leave.
In truth my friend is a guide that can lead us to a place where we can do good things and reap the rewards we get internally when we can end our day saying to ourselves “You did well today” and for me there is nothing better than that. Here is a piece that I like about our ability to experience some of the joy that is open to us all.
Seeking Higher Purpose
As we seek and eventually recognize our highest purpose in life, we experience an inner peace. This peace allows us the freedom to be true to ourselves, forgive the past, and live with authentic joy.
When we are true to ourselves… we recognize our limitations while making use of our strengths. We strive to do our best instead of comparing ourselves to others. We share confidence, respect, and selfless service with others, knowing that we are living according to our deepest values. We are using the unique gifts that God has given to us.
When we forgive the past… we recognize the freedom to learn and grow, acknowledging room for new growth each day. We know that we cannot change yesterday, but we can live the rest of our lives in inspiring ways. We drop the burdens of bitterness and guilt. We allow ourselves the freedom to live with integrity, have compassion, to share, and to love.
When we live with authentic joy… we find that kindness in our giving creates love that spreads far beyond our actions. We see that true joy comes from a spiritual connection with a source greater than ourselves, that our life ultimately belongs not to us, but to God who created us. We know that our joy does not come from external circumstances; it is a living fire within our hearts.
We can find our highest purpose, first by seeking with an open mind and heart. Then, when we begin serving others in ways that bring us the greatest joy, our highest purpose becomes apparent. Live in joy today, and know that the blessings of living your highest purpose will increase abundantly throughout your life.
By inspirational journalist Maria Dillion.
When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Have you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown? Or met a sung hero or experienced requited love? Have you ever run into someone who was gruntled, ruly or peccable? And where are all those people who ARE spring chickens or who would ACTUALLY hurt a fly?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm clock goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it.
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
She said: After shopping at a busy store, another woman and I happened to leave at the same time, only to be faced with the daunting task of finding our cars in the crowded parking lot. Just then my car horn beeped, and I was able to locate my vehicle easily.
Wow,” the woman said. “I sure could use a gadget like that to help me find my car.”
“Actually,” I replied, “that’s my husband.”
I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
A man walks into a bar and asks for a beer. After drinking it, he looks in his shirt pocket and asks for another beer. After drinking that one, he looks in his shirt pocket again and asks for another beer. This happens about another seven times before the bartender asks him, “Why do you keep looking in your pocket?”
The man replies, “I have a picture of my wife in there. When she looks good enough, I’ll go home.”
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Margaret was royally peeved! She was arguing with the druggist because her favorite cure-all could not be bought without a prescription. “Look, lady. You can’t have this without a prescription because it’s a habit-forming drug.”
“IT IS NOT!!!!” Screamed Margaret! “I ought to know: I’ve been taking it regularly for seventeen years!”
Make God laugh, “Tell him your plans”
“Johnny,” said his teacher, “if coal is selling at $6 a ton and you pay your dealer $24, how many tons will he bring you?”
“A little over three tons, ma’am,” said Johnny promptly.
“Why, Johnny, that isn’t right,” said the teacher.
“No, ma’am, I know it ain’t,” said Johnny, “but they all do it.”
“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”
A customer called the airline’s reservation office to pay for his ticket with a credit card. The reservation specialist asked him, “Would you please spell the name as it appears on the card, sir?” The customer carefully replied, “V-I-S-A.”
“I believe we all have a higher purpose to our lives than merely existing day to day. Each of us, in our own unique way, is called to let our light shine. The unique, one-of-a-kind canvas of our existence is meant to be an inspiration to others ~ a true joy to behold and a heaven sent blessing to those we meet and to the world around us.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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