If you are anything like me you’ll have spent a great deal of time trying to figure out what your REAL purpose in life is. Why are you here? I think I have finally recognized what my purpose is.
This past Sunday I had the privilege and the good fortune to meet and hear a man who has dedicated his life to his purpose. He was an NHL goal tender for many years. He is a humble man-not full of himself as so many professional athletes are these days and he is completely dedicated to his purpose. He came from a home where values meant something and he recognized, eventually, that his reason for being here was much more important than he thought and much simpler to come by than many of us know. So many of us believe that the answer to this quest is located in some complicated hidden place in our minds or one has to find enlightenment and be ‘one’ with the universe to have the answer present itself to us. He helped those of us in attendance understand that it really isn’t complicated at all. It simply is a choice we make doing something that makes us thankful and joyful by doing it. Living our purpose usually involves helping, supporting or lending a hand to other people and when we see the outcomes of our efforts to help others we just feel good about being a part of someone else’s change process.
We do not need money. We don’t need any special training or experience. What we do need is a desire to genuinely involve ourselves in an effort to make someone else’s life experience just a little bit better than it would have been had we not been around. Our efforts need to come from our hearts with no expectation that somehow we will be rewarded in some way for our good deeds. It might be something as simple as making sure that some homeless person has some warm gloves to wear in the winter or that you can give an evening of your time to help serve a hot meal at a shelter to someone who hasn’t had a decent meal in a day or two. We simply need to feel good about what we are doing and the outcomes of our efforts. Our deeds don’t have to be huge just significant. Our purpose then becomes one of caring about someone who is less fortunate than we are and may be hurting in someway. If we can do something that helps take away from that hurt even for a minute or two we can make a difference in that persons life. If they can see that our deeds are from our heart they might believe that someone cares about them and that they still have value.
This gentleman’s name is Dave Dryden. He used to be a goal tender for the Buffalo Sabres. His father and family began a charity called ‘Sleeping Children Around The World’ in the 70,s. Their mission was/is to provide as many ‘sleeping kits’ as they can for children of the world who have nothing to sleep on except a dirt floor. These ‘bed kits’ contain a small mattress or mat, pajamas, a few clothes, a towel, and a sleeping blanket, sheet and pillow, a mosquito net to cover them at night to help curb malaria and some school supplies. Each kit costs about 35.00$ to put together. This has been a family effort since 1970. Daves’ brother Ken is involved as well but the whole thing was started by their father who travelled to a small African country when he was a young man-saw that the kids of the area were without any of these things and decided that he was going to do all he could to make sure that these kids had decent bedding so that they could enjoy a modicum of peace and comfort when they put their heads down at night. Since this effort began they have supplied over 1,500,000 bed kits to kids who most likely would not have had these simple items that matter so much to them.
That’s living your purpose. That’s giving love, compassion and caring to people whose lives have been made different for no other reason than it was the right thing to do and it felt really good to do it.
Sunday I confirmed that my PURPOSE is to do what I can-each day- to make a DIFFERENCE in the lives of those with whom I share the planet.
So now the question is if you really want to understand what your purpose is what can you do to make a difference in the lives of others and do it just because it’s the right thing to do.
Anyways, that’s how I see it. All the best, and thanks for stopping by–Jim
Please check out the ‘Sleeping Children Around the World’ web site. This is a remarkable organization with amazing givers who have found a way to make a difference–they are living their purpose.
Forward this to as many of your family and friends as you can. PS–every penny-bar none-that’s 100% of all donations go to the purchase of bed kits. They receive no money from the government or special interest groups.
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