As it turns out, I'm not the 1st...nor will I be the Last to ponder this deep thought-provoking question. The Book, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning, by Dr Viktor Frankl answers much of this mind-blowing question.
For me, it all started about 3 or 4 years ago. What is my purpose -- Why am I here -- What is the Meaning of my life -- How do I achieve Self-Actualization? Sound familiar to you...ever asked yourself some of these same said questions? No -- then maybe it's time you did.
I've Found My Purpose
In a nutshell, here it is. My purpose for being created as a human creature upon this planet is to help and encourage other people. Plain and simple. The magic (secondary yet important) question is the What & How?
To encourage and help others could come in the form of being an overnight minimum wage-earning bread baker. Think about it -- early morning customers arriving at the bakery to get their fix...Fresh Hot Bread--Smelling like Mouth-Watering Food of the Gods! On a smaller note of scale, perhaps yours is being a newspaper route carrier. Driving along the neighborhood; tossing the daily paper out the window into the manicured lawns of the residential customers.
The Rest of the Story...
Fine you say; Andre, it's cool that you've found your niche and purpose -- But... Wait, excuse me. Yes, I've found my purpose. However, I didn't say that I've found my niche. THAT my friends, is a work in progress. After I put myself into position to be used and molded and deployed by La Forza del Destino (the forces of destiny), then that special place/work/job/vocation will magically appear. The key is to know what our purpose is...the rest of the who-what-where-when-how will then work itself out.
Here's the thing. Each of us must embark on the path or journey to really discover our true purpose. The key word here is Discover! It's like searching for the hidden treasure -- the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. After that comes the real challenge. What challenge is that? The challenge of Letting Go. The buzzword for this process is the Art of Allowing. That's where I am currently. Painting my Life's canvas; painting and sculpturing the Art of Allowing. Best wishes and encouragement to you as you set forth to paint your own Life's canvas.