Purpose is what drives us out of bed in the morning. Kids to be cared for, work to be done, people to help have been my driving purpose over the years. Lately, as I’ve been disabled and lost my sight, my pursuit of purpose has become more challenging. I’ve immersed myself in Facebook groups, studies both for fun and for actual education, gotten married, had a dog but it has all felt kind of
frantic crazed not truly authentic. I start strong(ish) and then finish poorly if at all.
Today I almost joined another challenge. It’s a good one, a worthy one, one that would help me. But I had to stop.
My Three Watchwords
Wholehearted. Purpose. Joy.
Before I commit to anything else, I want to ask myself if it fits these three watchwords.
- Can I commit and follow through with my whole heart?
- What purpose does it serve for or through me?
- Will either the doing and/or the accomplishing of it bring me joy?
For this challenge, this particular decision, it was kind of a draw so there was one more question to ask myself.
- From what other thing will I take the time?
I will fully admit to being halfway through the sign-up process before I got intentional and really thought about it. This just willy-nilly signing up for things is going to be a hard habit to break.
My plate is quite joyfully full. I made intentional choices to do a chronological study of the Bible, to better establish and grow my business, and to acquire and learn to use the tech and other skills I need to better manage my life as I lose more sight. It was hard to back out of that sign-up for the challenge but I made the intentional choice to pursue purpose and joy in just the right doses without adding the little “extra” that so often leads to frustration.
What decision can you make today that will make a difference in whether you’re intentionally pursuing your purpose and joy or if you’re just running around willy-nilly as I have done?