"I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."
So what is your purpose. I'm not talking about your job. I'm not talking about your responsibilities. I'm not even talking about the goals you have set for yourself. I'm talking about the reason that you are here--your purpose in life.
Do you know? Many don't. In fact a lot of people live their entire lives without finding their purpose. In fact, many don't believe that life has a purpose--that it's meaningless. I don't subscribe to that way of thinking. I think having a purpose is very important. I know a lot of people that have found that purpose in their lives--some have found it within themselves. Some have found it in the Bible. I know quite a few that have found it in a lodge of Freemasons. They've found that one thing they're passionate about and have taken upon themselves to commit their lives to that one purpose.
Purpose is at that intersection between discovering what your unique talent is, and using that talent for some greater good. When you find somebody with purpose, you're going to find somebody that's very motivated. Somebody that's excited about what they do. And you're going to find somebody that is very happy and content in life.
So how do you find your purpose?
That's up to you to discover, but a good way to start might be making a list. In one column, write a list of things you're good at, and love doing. We all have them. Those are things that you look forward to doing, something you never get enough of, and even when you're not doing that particular thing, you would be if you could. Now in the column next to them, write a way you could use that passion toward some greater good.
I have a good friend that loves to shoot rifles, and he's one of the best shots I've ever seen. He also loves kids. A few years ago, he started teaching gun safety classes--often to fathers and sons, and sometimes to mothers and daughters. He travels all over now doing that, and I have little doubt he'll continue doing that for the rest of his life. He was able to combine two things he loved, and in that, he found a purpose.
So try it. Who knows, you might even find your purpose in life.
Todd E. Creason is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011) and A Shot After Midnight (2012). He's currently working on the third novel Shot to Hell which will be released in Spring 2014.