Childhood Holds the Key to Your Purpose

Do you feel you’re living your life the way it was meant to be? If not, then the key to your purpose is hidden away in your childhood. Look deep within and remember what it was that got your attention and excited you and that will be the purpose you were supposed to follow. Maybe you had more than one–lucky you! But know, there is at least one.

Sometimes life gets in the way and purpose gets lost in the shuffle, but you can always find it again. Until you find and follow your purpose you will never be completely happy. There will always be something missing.

It doesn’t matter what your obligations are, how much time in a day you have, or how old you are, because it’s never too late to find and follow your purpose.

Close your eyes and go back to the discover days of your childhood. Your purpose is there somewhere. Maybe it’s hiding in the toy box of dreams, or at your best friend, Betty’s house. Probably it got lost on your wedding day, or most likely when the first baby came along. We all have junk drawers, maybe it’s been there all long.

“The words on the tombstone read: Died at 30; buried at 60. This is the risk you take when you stop taking risks.”

~ Robert Holden

You were born for a reason; don’t be afraid, go and find it.

Dreams

Don’t ever give up dreaming about the life you want.

Dream about the soul mate you will meet someday, the children you see yourself raising, the home you see yourself living in, the job you see yourself doing. All the things spinning around in your head that you see yourself experiencing, don’t give up dreaming about them.

Everything you want begins with a dream.

Your dreams are thoughts of how you see yourself living.

Dreams will become your reality if you put energy into them.

Don’t worry, dreams will stand strong against the wind, never wavering, if you just nurture them.

Don’t ever give up dreaming about the life you want, because you see, if you truly believe in them, dreams really do come true.

Love

There’s a special love that’s called “Unconditional” love. You always experience this kind of love from pets. It’s that love your dog gives freely by adoring you as the pack leader even when you don’t deserve it. It’s the sweet purrs of contentment and whisker kisses your cat gives to you even though you’ve been too busy to pay it much attention.

It’s not only from animals that we experience unconditional love. We’ve had it from children who just simply love us no matter what. They live in the moment and have completely forgotten that we were in a foul mood earlier.

I was privileged last August in experiencing this love from a nine-year-old who is an old soul and my grandson. He’s been moving around the country since he was almost three, and we have been saying tearful goodbyes since then. Last summer, he spent a month with us along with his sister and mother. There was a lot going on that included a houseful of children which meant children having battles with each other and adults getting too involved. Expectations were high on both sides with this visit, and stress was overflowing. The children went from love to hate and back to love easily, but the adults had trouble shifting into gear.

When the day came for my grandson and his family to leave, as usual he was overcome with sadness and tears. He called me before boarding the plane and started crying. As I always have done, I tried to cheer him up with telling him I would see him soon and just about everything I could think of to keep his spirits up. He said he missed me, and I laughed to keep from crying myself and said, “You don’t miss all the arguing that went on.”  He said through his tears, “No, I Miss You!”

I’ve thought about that statement for a long time and I realize that he didn’t care about all the stressful stuff that happened on his visit, he only cared that he was missing me because his love is unconditional. My grandson is now ten, and I hope as he grows into adulthood that he will always keep unconditional love a part of him as should all of us.

“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love, or how you love; It Matters Only That You Love.

~ John Lennon

Joy

I think joy is a deeper feeling than happiness. I can be happy by experiencing something that makes me happy. But, I can feel that joy is something that lives inside of me and is part of my soul.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~ Rumi

Sometimes though, joy gets misplaced. We start looking outside ourselves to feel it again, and we find temporary happiness only. We have to do something to bring our joy up. At times you need to dig deep into your soul and help it to flow once more. I know the best place for me to go is out into nature. Planting in my garden, watching things grow, birds taking a bath in my yard, and even listening to the giggles of the neighborhood children at play helps to bring up my joy.

When I misplace my joy I am miserable, and find I am just going through the motions of living without truly feeling my life. But when I take the time to find my joy, my life is always so much better. Even though joy lives inside of us it is easily misplaced by the stress and sheer craziness we let invade our lives.

You can see on the faces of the people you pass by if they have misplaced their joy. They look unhappy and in a trance because they are. I spent decades living that way and I know so well that I can never get the time back that was wasted. Our lives are so precious and our time so short that we should take a pledge that we will never let one day go by that our joy becomes misplaced.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”   ~ Buddha

Life is Short

We don’t give it much thought, but we are only here for a short while. In an instant we can be gone. An illness can also rob us of the quality of our lives. We are very busy living our lives and don’t give a lot of thought to how we are living. Unfortunately, we spend too much time feeling hurt, or mad at someone.

When I was a little girl, I used to lay my head on my dad’s shoulder and I could hear his heart beating. I had a fear of what would happen if the beating were to ever stop. Decades later it did, and he was no more. As time has gone on, like most of you, I’ve lost family members, friends and cherished pets.

I remember vividly the day I had my elderly sick cat euthanized. Before the solution took hold, she looked up at me so alive, and then she was gone. I realized on that day as I cradled her little body, how precious life was. Yes, it’s always taken an animal to teach me the important things in life. Maybe that’s why most of my guides are totems.

In our life we should take stock of how we are living. Stop for a second and take a deep breath. Ask yourself, “Should I really be mad, or hurt at this person?” If it’s your sibling, parent, or friend, is it worth the time lost to feel this way? One day they will be gone, and so will you. So what’s the point? If you have an issue with them, then tell them how you feel and clear the air. Most of the time when we get mad at someone, or get our feelings hurt, it’s over nothing important. And if it is important, in the long run it doesn’t matter.

Life is short, so make sure while you have it that you enjoy the quality in your life. Get over the little things that bring you down. While you can, spend time with the people you care about because one day, they and you will be no more.