“The two most important days in your life are the day when you are born and the day you find out why.”
– Mark Twain
I wonder how mr Twain thought that we’d get to learn our purposes…
I mean… they don’t tell us in school what our life’s purpose is…
And our parant sometimes feel compelled to tell us what it is, but we seldom buy into their version of it… We need to figure it out for ourselves.
So how do we actually find “our life’s purpose”? This “why” which Twain speaks of…
PLAY YOUR CARDS WELL
I love the stoic philosopher Epictetus’ take on this question.
He says that our purpose is fulfilled the moment when we look at what life has given us and we respond to it to the best of our knowledge.
In short, he recommends that we find our “purpose” by “playing our cards well.”
So, that means that we first have to see with clear eyes what cards we have been dealt
Concretely speaking, your cards could be:
* This specific time in history with it’s particular opportunities & challenges.
* Your upbringing with it’s particulars – your past (which is hard-won empathy)
* Your financial situation.
* Your parants with their particulars.
* The country you were born in with it’s specific challenges & opportunities.
* The tools that are at your disposal – the books, resources, knowledge, ideas, visions, gifts you have.
Simply ask yourself: What’s the best possible life I can make out of this? Who can I help? How can I make the world better?
I believe the grand purpose is to grow in Mind, Body & sSoul. And use these resources for the betterment of humankind.
“Ambition will not be grandiose but iterative – one foot in front of the other, learning and growing and putting in the time.”
– Ryan Holiday
Keep moving forward.
“You have been given your own work to do. Get to it right now, do your best at it, and don’t be concerned with who is watching you.”
– Daniel Galovan