Do you ever wonder if you’re living a life of purpose? Do you ask yourself if the routine of your daily life will matter in the end? Maybe your career has lost its luster and you dream of something more fulfilling. Perhaps you’ve just received a diagnosis that means your life is going to change indefinitely and you’re thinking, “I’ve had it! I’m ready for something better.”
This past week one of my daughter’s friends was absent from school for a couple of days. Emily was concerned and called to check in on her only to discover that she had been hospitalized and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As Emily began relaying the news I could only imagine how this mother was feeling—shock, fear, and the overwhelming desire to do whatever it would take to protect her daughter.
We called the next day, and they told us she was able to receive visitors. Halting our usual routine of chores, homework and other activities we drove 45 minutes to visit Emily’s friend. Driving to hospital I thought, “This is what really matters. Today, this is what counts.” We brought flowers, sugar-free candy and a card. But more importantly than that, we brought the gifts of encouragement and friendship.
Are you doing what really matters today? You may be too tired to realize it, but sometimes it’s those seemingly ordinary things that can lead to extraordinary purpose and meaning. Can you be faithful in the small things that have the potential to change a life?
Listening to your child talk about their interests. (Yes, even when it’s politics. Someone help me!)
Emailing an encouraging word to a friend or family member.
Bringing a co-worker dinner during a stressful time.
Sending a card to someone who is sick.
Offering your presence in a time of grief.
We make a mistake when we allow the urgent details of the day-to-day routine to blind us to the prospect of making an extraordinary difference in the individual life. The simple gifts of a listening ear, a kind word or a gentle reminder of truth are incredible opportunities to live a life of purpose. This is true regardless of the situation we find ourselves in—a stay at home mother, teacher, business owner, minister, entrepreneur or retiree—we all have a life that is worth living because we all have the chance to do what really matters: Love, encourage, pray for and connect with people.
Stop waiting for the ideal circumstances to make your life count and go live life on purpose!
How can you reframe your thinking about your day to day life and see the extraordinary opportunities in the ordinary routine?
For further reading on finding your purpose check out: Pathway to Purpose by Katie Brazelton.