Purpose

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


We all want to feel like we have a purpose. A reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Something to work toward. Something to give our actions meaning.

Here's the thing: Purpose comes in small doses.

It isn't always awards or journeys or cures or callings. It isn't always a singular, monumental check box.

Purpose comes in replying to your coworker with a "thank you!" email to let them know they're appreciated.
Asking a friend how they're doing if they seem off, so they know you care.
It comes in saying good morning, and saying goodnight.
Sending a friend a "thinking of you" text, or a card in the mail.
Asking "How are you?" instead of "What's up?"
Leaving a comment instead of just a "like."
Smiling at the cashier instead of keeping your eyes down.
Purpose comes in leaving a nice tip.
Stepping to the side to let others pass.
Holding the door for the person behind you.
Holding the door for the five people behind you.
Paying for a friend's food.
Paying for a stranger's food.
A smile. A hug. A laugh.

These small gestures could have more of an impact than you realize.

In a book I read recently, the author said:

"Simple action and ordinary people change the world. It starts with one. It starts with you. But you have to pay attention."

And that's what it's all about. Purpose is simple action from ordinary people.

You're not aimless because you aren't doing something "big." The little things are big too.

Your purpose – our purpose – is to make things a little easier, a little better, for the people around us, in any way we can.

Purpose comes in small doses with big waves.


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