“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt
As we enter into our second month of theme ministry, I invite all Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga folks to take time this month to reflect on having a sense of purpose. How is your life shaped by having a sense of purpose? How is our communal life shaped by being a people of purpose?
Parker Palmer notes that having a sense of vocation comes from listening to the inner self, from a depth of self understanding about our own gifts. “Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic selfhood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find …joy… we will also find our path of authentic service to the world.” That service may be creating art or making the world more beautiful or keeping people safe or improving society… it all depends on the person. It’s important to live in a way that feels right to you, that expresses your way of being, that keeps you whole.
Our sense of purpose may change over time as we change and grow. It may have nothing to do with our work, or our family. Knowing our purpose may take years of discernment and development. This month is just one step on the journey.
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This month’s Michael Franti video is an energetic ode to the joy of being yourself and alive.