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This is the fourth in a series of blog posts exploring some ways all women can embrace our power, purpose, and value. These concepts are part of the mission statement of the Family of Women, an international organization of women of which the authors are members. For other blog articles, see Recent Posts on the right side of our main Blog page.

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Your Purpose


The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


It could be that once you begin living from your power, your life purpose finds you!

Alternatively, you may know what your life is about from the get-go. Say you’ve always known your life purpose is to help create healthy families, and teach graduate level economics. But your own family is fractured and your students are distracted and “checked-out.” Maybe you know what’s needed for a healthy family and you have a PhD in economics but haven’t yet uncovered how to personally connect with your family and express your passion for economics to your students.

You may know your purpose because you learned it as a child from your family, or you may have discovered your purpose sometime later in life from your experiences. You may have always had something that you knew was important to you that you wanted to share with the world, but you didn’t label it your purpose. Perhaps you realized your purpose by discovering what you needed in your own life and found a passion to share it with others.

It’s fulfilling to be living your purpose – it just feels natural. So, if you’re reading this and thinking “I don’t know my purpose,” that’s not unusual.

How do you know what your purpose is? Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you figure out your purpose:

Think about what matters to you. Every day of your life — what is important to you? Ask yourself, what’s the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning (other than your first coffee or an alarm)?

Dig deep, and think about what REALLY matters to you. What are you willing to sacrifice for, passionately “fight” for, or take a stand for in your life?

Don’t panic — Your purpose doesn’t have to be saving the world. An “everyday” thing can be important in the wider world. Every person or life you touch ripples out to many others and has a bigger impact than you may have expected. For example, a life purpose of supporting women to realize that they are already successful affects everyone that woman knows.

And, when you connect with others who have a similar purpose, together you actually may be able to save a part of the world! You may find a solution to remove microscopic plastic from the oceans, or change the lives of children by teaching them to recognize their own worth and abilities.

Your purpose gives meaning, direction, and substance to your life. Purpose drives contributions. Contributions bring fulfillment. Your purpose comes from within you, and you bring it outward in your contributions to others.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.   ~Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

So, what’s your purpose?

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