Finding Purpose–Sharing your Gifts

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Angel Oak Tree, Johns Island, SC (Photo by Janine Cammarata)

When we take care of ourselves, find out who we are, and grow our purpose, we may want to share it with the world. Trees absorb the energy and nutrients from the earth, take what they need, and then releases all their goodness so that we can live. That is part of their purpose and their branches and leaves reach out to make an impact on others.

  1. What do you want to give to the world?
  2. What is your purpose and how will you share it?
  3. How do you want to make an impact?
  4. What does that impact look like to you?
  5. How does it feel to know what truly feeds your soul?

Trees have known a secret since the beginning of life on earth. They have to shed what doesn’t serve them anymore to make room for what will. Even the evergreens lose their needles and renew again. When leaves fall, it’s a sign that another season has come to an end. Another cycle has come and gone, so that another one can begin.

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  1. What can you let go that no longer serves you?
  2. Is there something you are doing that prevents your newly found purpose from evolving?

Creating space to let the new in or to allow room to grow is part of our learning process. As seasons change, so do we.

Finding Purpose–What Will you Grow?

Finding purpose in life and what drives you is a lifelong endeavor. It will change as your life circumstances do, but being aware of where you are and want to be is the next step. If you have followed the Finding Purpose series, you have established your values, what is important to you, and the type of person you are.

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Everything wonderful starts with something small. Life forms from a tiny acorn.

Journal about the following questions:

  1. What do you want to grow within yourself?
  2. What or who do you want to grow into?
  3. What kind of life do you want to live?

I’d like to grow a sense of community through my teaching and writing. Through my written word and connection, I instill a sense of hope that we can all make a difference, even if it’s a small one. As with the acorn, a small act of kindness can grow into something incredible and self-sustaining.

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Template to use on your personal oak.

Use this acorn or draw your own and write the words you came up with on your quest for growth. For me it’s writing, yoga, community, personal health, family, connection, hope.

You have the power within yourself to be the best person you want to be. It’s all in you. Nurture it and watch it grow into something beautiful and amazing.

 

Finding Purpose–Your Core Character

The third part in our Finding Purpose series is developing your core. I am referring to your character core, who you are as a person, or who you perceive yourself to be.

As with our bodies, the trunk of a tree is the core to its strength and ability to bounce back when the storms of life try to knock it over.

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Photo by Alysia Thomas

To work on your core, answer these questions:

  1. How do you describe yourself?
  2. How do people describe you?
  3. Is there a difference?
  4. Why do you think that is?
  5. Write those words on the trunk of the oak tree you have already begun. If you want to start from the beginning of this process, visit my previous posts, You are Awesome! and then Root Values.

Remember not all of your characteristics will be positive. Maybe there are some you want to work on, especially if they are characteristics others have described you with. As someone in my last workshop said, “I am stubborn or at least my kids say I am.”

Being stubborn may be seen as negative, but it can also be a positive. If some words cause a reaction, journal about why you are seen that way, and whether you want to change or nurture it.

Keep going! This is important and you have to do the work to find the purpose!

Great journaling and let me know how it goes!