Purpose

Your Future’s Path Encourages The Appearance Of Your Purpose

Your purpose is making its appearance in small continuous forms right at this moment and in moments to come.

Japanese Poet, Mitsuo Aida, has a saying, “Jinsei ni oite mottomo taisetsu na toki sore wa itsu demo ima desu” this means the most crucial time in life is always the present. Focusing on your present life shapes your future. In short, the current moments are where your purpose is evolving, happening, and taking shape. These very moments are the best time to fortify outcomes to pave the path to your future. You will have the most impact on your future today.

The Known and Undiscovered Parts Of Your Purpose

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Your purpose is not something that springs itself on you at an unexpected time.

Every encounter you have with a person or participation in activities leads you toward your future state or self. Your purpose is alive and well, and it is unraveling at this moment with every decision you make. Jokes, actions, introductions, lunches, dinners, friendships, travels, and encounters shape and feed your purpose. Moreover, you hone and sharpen your intentions through rejections you invoke through actions and words you conjure out of speaking.

James Baldwin once said, “People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.” Don’t forget to be deliberate with your actions and pristine with your choices. Make your movements count because unknown tides will rear up in your life that you will not be able to manipulate and influence. Those will an impact on your future’s path too.

The Future You Want

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Mother Theresa once said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

The future you want may be harder to obtain than you know, and that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try what’s necessary today to receive it. Here is the thing, today’s inputs are a vital part of your life because they influence outputs that structure tomorrow. Unexpected forces will challenge your purpose and may cause delays in your life’s objectives, and even temporarily knock you off your path. There are life occurrences that happen in changes and transformations, and these fall into two categories, predictable and unforeseeable.

Give it your all in the present, don’t be anxious, and hopefully, you’ll fall somewhere toward the future you want. There is no substitute for putting in the work today to experience some of the pieces of the future you dream of.

Deepak Chopra once said, “When you make a choice, you change the future.” Last, learn from past mistakes and move onward and create.

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Remember To Appreciate What You Already Have

Now is the time to appreciate everything that is in your hand. Everything else is a possibility.

At best, a definite holds more value than unknowns. A near opportunity is nothing to sneeze at or forego. A not-so-close chance is a risk at the moment. The question is, what are you willing to give up to gain boundless possibilities and far fetch opportunities? Appreciating what you have coupled with the desire to be destined for more is an emotional tug of war that occupies your conscious.

You need to know if you do not reach for that opportunity, will you be ok. Moreover, you may become mentally bombarded with reckless thoughts. Uncertainty may creep in and attempt to occupy a space in your well-being if things feel out of reach. The lines between what you have and what you want may blur. This may create a sense of impatience and anxiety.

When Obsession Battles Gratitude

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Dealing with the battle between obsession and gratitude in your life may mean appreciation is on the verge of taking the proverbial setback. When you can stop thinking about the possibility of obtaining something of value or notoriety, your thinking goes beyond a normal mode. Your mood allows intrusive thoughts to overtake you. Those thoughts are more fierce and may be persistent than usual. You lose sight of what is in front of you. You may even begin to have a critical appreciation for the things around you. An obsession may be about physical, material, or position situations.

In some cases, you may feel like you fail. A call to action may be the thing that drives you to depths beyond your usual behavior. The descendent into an attitude spiral is almost inevitable. Do not lose sight of what is essential – do not forget to appreciate how you arrived at what you have already obtained.

The Chance To Have More

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You are not alone in wanting more than you already have in your life. The chance to have more is tempting. And, when you feel like you deserve it, there is only one thing to do – go for it! Having more is the epic desire common among young adults, adults, and those reinventing their lives.

Before you go for it, there is something to consider because risks are real! There is no perfect situation to obtain more and keep what you already have. Indeed you may end up having to give something up to gain something more. And you might say, “how is that having more if I must give something up. More means it is essential to a career, valuable to health, or key to a goal. More does not always mean quantitative it can also mean qualitative in terms of value. In the end, there is always a chance to have more and appreicate what you gain and may lose.

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Remember Who You Are In This World

         Remember who you are because the power to create and destroy pieces of yourself strengthens when you gain or lose sight of yourself. Notably, the world and its constant demands and requests can strip you of your true self. Likewise, remembering who you are is merely embracing who you are. This may be tricky because you are evolving with every experience, every win, and every failure.

         Surely you have heard someone say, “there’s just something about you,” which is the unique feature that makes you, you. Besides, the real magic is never forgetting your value and significance. Moreover, as you grow, your character’s foundation or footing should be unchanging, uncompromising, and unwavering- it’s your more real self.  Also, it’s those treasure trues that you can retreat to when you need the reminder of who you are. Even as you continue to build on that foundation, give yourself permission to be fine with who you are.

You fortify your character and personality’s foundation where it may be weak. What you learn and experience assist with sealing your foundational cracks and splits – therefore, the personal self you create and cultivate ought to fit your life.

What Makes You Different Makes You Who You Are

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         Remember who you are; therefore, don’t let criticism and chaos divert you and confuse your character base. You belong to yourself; you are the highest creature on the food chain and the most valuable creature in your life. Therefore, humble yourself and don’t let anxiety control your decisions or moves. Don’t be easily convinced that you should be the raging stereotypes forced on you through the litany of ads, public service announcements, and videos. Besides, ‘whose you are’ means protecting your core and innermost self from that of the adversary, nemesis, or foe.

You May Have To Fight To Preserve Hallmarks Of Yourself

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         This world’s denizens will try to convince you that absolute change is required to survive. Alan Cohen once wrote, “Every choice before you represent the universe inviting you to remember who you are and what you want.” In 2020 and beyond, it’ll be an no easy task reminding yourself that improvement and growth don’t mean forgetting who you are.

         Unquestionable, some moments invite you to question if this is you and indeed the person you want to become. Some pressures are designed to suit mass appeal prototypes and therefore are indirectly forced. These periods of your life may precede eventful situations and life decisions intended to turn the course of your life. Afterward, how you navigate these currents of life has everything to do with how you managed the choices that set you afloat.

Remember To Crave Your Own Path More Than You Crave Others

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         Caught up as you may be, still not as caught up as you could be. Your path is the path that must matter most if you are to be useful to those who will rely on you. Sara Teasdale once wrote, “You will recognize your own path when you come upon it because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”

         You can’t be in service to anything or anyone until you construct the layout of your life. It must be durable enough to withstand you sharing yourself, though you may not have fully mastered yourself. Keeping in mind who you are doesn’t mean that you don’t care about others. It means not relinquishing your character and demeanor’s valuable traits – for something superficial and fleeting that makes you detest yourself. Last, the world is many things and interjects more on you than you realize, at the least know yourself.

“The world is very lovely, and it’s very horrible–and it doesn’t care about your life or mine or anything else.” ― Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed

Let Us Talk About Talkers Who Rarely Listen To Others

Let us talk about talkers. Yes, those of you who drown out others with self-absorb ramblings.

Listening is essential. And, to talkers that never stop, you miss everything. Consequently, you make it difficult for people to trust that you will hear them out. Not only do friends, family, or colleagues need you to listen, but they need your understanding. You may offer good advice, but you never stop to check and see if it is need. Moreover, you end up draining the other person after the conversation is over.

You truly need to take a vow of silence in the midst of a discussion and just listen up. When you actively engage in listening, you can bring true solutions. Quite often, you do not share your random experiences as genuine viable solutions, but as a means of weaponizing them in order to dominate the conversation. It is rude and often the cause of why people will avoid you.

Let Us Talk About Your Desire To Constantly Be Heard

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The same people who rarely listen, are often the ones who must be heard. Your life does not always deserve to be center stage. People in your life are potentially suffering and may need that friend to hear their pressing concerns out. But, if you do not recognize their problems, it is probably because you do not ask.

You do not take that respectful leap to stop and genuinely ask and care about them. You believe that you are the only star that shines in the sky. Maybe, you do not care or you think that you know more than those you surround yourself with. It could be a level of insecurity in yourself, or a simple disrespectful personality.

Why Others Need A Chance To Be Heard

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Your desire to overly share or be self-absorb may be your thing. But it is impolite not to know when to power down your tongue and perk up your ears. Do not forget that you learn from others. When people talk their tales and experiences, it is a therapeutic release.

Allowing folk to unburden their woes and when you listens, really listen, it shows you care. Furthermore, people share in order to obtain feedback. Importantly, if you are able to offer a positive response, be honest with them. Even the most introvert person, likes to talk, but only to people they trust and connect with.

It is up to you to be aware when you are dominating a conversation for the sake of nothing more than admiring yourself over the next person.

When Aging Parents Were Merely Thoughts

When I was young, I would often think about my future and what would come of it.  I envisioned the usual life events of a prominent career, marriage, nieces, nephews, trips abroad, and domestic. But nothing is utopia all the time, not even my thoughts. Especially any that would suffocate my mind about my parents one day being fragile and aging. Knowing their youthful appearance and energy would give way to walkers and canes.

I wasn’t the only one who carried the melancholy of such vivid imagery. My siblings were too. As we would move through life, we would occasionally discuss how we should care for our aging parents. And, what it means to be ready when those future days happen.

My parents are the center of my universe. They gave me life and never held me back. Though overprotective, what else would you expect from southern small town parents. Their support has always been noticeable. I’ve always been concerned about their life, especially after my siblings and I were grown and on to our own life.

My brothers and sister would often conversate about life, its essence, and what each of us would like to experience as we move through the decades. Time passes quickly when you’re creating the life you want. Meanwhile, we grew up and left our parents nest, as they were continuing to create their life without us. Grand kids born, birthdays celebrated, holidays, deaths mourned, and then one day we looked up from our lives and realized our visions about our parents getting old, were reality.

Time Passes And Lays Its Hands On Each Of Us In Different Ways

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James Gleick once wrote, “We go back and forth between being time’s master and its victim.”

 In my twenties, I was a consumed by my mental conversations with myself. In my forties, I’m a tool to my reality. And, so is everyone else. Thoughts, time, and reality presses on me and I on it, but it has also done the same to my family. No amount of time could have prepared me for my emotional journey of caring for aging parents. Not directly caring for them but having to check in and ensure that I don’t need to take a flight home or drive and stay a week because they are sickly. Being far from home doesn’t ease anything.

Everything becomes a battle with time.  It only seems like yesterday that my parents were taking care of me and checking up on me, if I miss curfew. I say this with great experience and shrewdness, that I don’t care how financially ready you are, nothing is like watching a parent’s health diminish. Nothing is like watching time do her God given duty.

Aging Parents Are A Gift

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I’m learning that to be old and wise is a gift. And to be aging, well, that means you’re still alive. My parents are no exception and they do it with grace and little complaint. My mom has a bold attitude when something happens to her. I smile when she says, “it is what it is”. She lives by her faith, and that gives me hope and comfort. Though, sometimes I worry that she maybe in so much pain, that her statement, is more from the angle that life is hard and I’m ready when GOD is ready.

My parents have been victorious over their illnesses, and they’ve witness some of those same illnesses take the lives of family and friend.

Honestly, I am grateful for my parents physical and mental maturation. It’s scary when they experience sickness due to getting older or DNA kicking in, its been educational. I offer hope to those going through this to those they are experiencing the maturation or deterioration of their parent help. You must plan early for caring for your parent or parents. It may seem that the day will never come. I promise you it will.

Family And Planning

What ever it takes to ensure my parents, family are above the fray is what drives me. I’m overjoyed that I’m not alone with feeling this way. I’m grateful for my five siblings. It makes it easy for each of us to participate and have a role in caring for mom and dad. Honestly, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t consider my parents growing older when I choice my career path.

Flexibility in my career, education, and even my financial structure was all by design, to move freely and easily for my family. What I offer to families on planning for the care of parent, later in life or earlier, create flexibility in your life. Create financial stability and erect a career without borders or minimal borders. More importantly, if you are a only child, make sure you have stable and reliable family and friends you can depend on.

To The Challenges And Successes That Made Me

Honestly, there are days when living is not easy. It is not even the temptations of life that I find difficult. The path to remedies reside in deciding the best course of actions for life events. Personally, I think choices are golden when enacted properly. Choices like decisions should be made from all the best available inputs and support you can obtain. When you find there is a gap or missing necessities in any of those, then a choice can feel like a never ending burden.

Challenges and successes are indicative of factors. Then, there are the activities where life just happens. The universe at work is what I like to call it. Helen Keller once wrote, ” “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

I am giving thanks to all the challenges and successes I experienced over the past decade. It should be noted that I am not bitter or ungrateful. In essence, I am preparing for great feats over the next 10 years. I am grateful because they did not break me. Truth be told, they educated me, open me to creativity, and ignited a drive.

The Promise I Am Making To Myself

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I solemnly swear to be most uncommon, uncomfortable, and yet grateful person in years to come.

To The Challenges That Did Not Unravel Me

To health challenges that did not take me out, I am here and ready to correct the mistakes and bad choices I conjured. Indeed I will dedicate my time and interest to activities that promote my health. I feel and I am blessed to be here. Those blessings will continue because GOD is good. I give GOD my praises. For this reason, I will not take my blessings lightly. I will continue to behave in a faith plus works manner. My resolve is strong and fortified daily.

To the career challenges and successes in last 10 years, you mold a better business person. I believe my interest continue to grow in finding ways and means of being efficient. Notably, it is true that staying on the cutting edge of the latest skills is paramount. I am all for life hacks, but in their proper place. No need to sacrifice quality, because it is still the best thing around.

To the friends that I haven’t seen in two or three years thank you for understanding the challenges that ground me and keep me away. Rather family or friends say it or not, we are all doing battles with our demons. I am no exception. I fight mine often, with the hopes to eliminate them. It often is at the cost of staying isolated or being busy. Battle requires preparation and time and my friends and family are my support system. My family more than friends, but a couple of friends are steadfast in my life.

The Challenge Of Finding The Love I Deserve And That Deserves Me

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To the love I decided to forego, another day and another time. Right now I can only focus on me, but soon I will give you the attention you deserve. Love is beautiful, warm, and kind. It is also disagreements, sacrifices, discussions, and submissive conditions. Yet, it is not abusive or degrading. Life, despite challenges and even in the mist of what can be unbelievably demanding accomplishes, is worth living. Love is worthy of love.

I Decided Living, May Necessitate Leaving Some People Where I Found Them

To the folk that I moved on from or left behind, it was necessary, and you probably deserved it. I do not do many things without careful evaluation. Besides, my mental health will thank me later.

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Roy T. Bennett once wrote, “Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others”.

Living A Simple Adult Life At Any Adult Age

It’s essential to streamline or simplify your life at any age. Hans Hofmann once wrote, “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak”. I believe there should be a measure for determining when and how much to do so.

The approach should be one based on where you can get real measures that will lead to valuable results. For instance, a good approach is measuring your life and activities from the beginning to the end of a decade. See where you are and make necessary adjustments before you take on your next 10 years.

In my view, this stems from the fact that you are 10 years older at the end of a decade. This is important because if you set goals, then your life choices probably evolve to ensure you meet said goals. You only get one life and because of that quality of life should always be built in everything you do.

For one thing you might choose to make daily events easier, minimize unimportant odds and ends. Also, eliminate unnecessary tasks that you carry forward from year to year that offer zero value, but only act as time fillers.

Notably, simplistic activities doesn’t mean that you sacrifice on quality or fun. Moreover, it doesn’t suggest that you’re giving up on life. It means that you are clearing your path to get to the things that matter most. It helps you get to the stuff that’s valuable and key in your life.

Make Life Easy Without Eliminating Quality And Embrace Local Offerings

In your 20s and 30s, there is no doubt that you can tolerate more extras than you can in your 40s and 50s. For example, in your 20s you probably spend/spent the weekend travelling 50 miles just to shop, bar hop, attend concerts, or just ride out. If you live within an inner city, don’t discount local grocery stores or butcher shops. Likewise, local bars can be rewarding. Establish yourself as a local and get special treatment. In addition, in my view, specialty shops or stores are unique in their offering. They can offer quality items as well. Shopping local in your neighborhood offers support.

Additionally, there are some other ways to make life easy. If you are a person that have a ton of commitments just to stay involve or networking, you might try narrowing commitments down to the top three. Reduce the overload and unrecognizable stress by scoping in key important activities. Scope out conditions that are just fillers.

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On the whole, quality is important as the years pass by. Grade A living is something to strive for. It’s not just what you buy. A degree of excellence means different things to different people. The ability to get from point A to D is about effectiveness and efficiency.

In reality, it should be with minimal difficulty or effort; this includes work, recreation, home living, social aptitude and a host of other life areas. Life is really simple, however you immerse add ins that make it convoluted. You must non-complicate the avenues of your life.

Travel Is A Necessary Spice Of Life That You Should Stockpile

Travel is the spice of life. Indeed, there are other things or activities that maybe as well. However, nothing is sweeter that the prospect of travel when you cannot figure out what you are missing in life or what is missing from your life. Travel awakens the mind and entices the soul.

Mark Twain once wrote, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Travel is the spice of life; therefore, you should stretch the boundaries of your physical boarders.

Once you get a taste of it, early if possible, but better late than never, nothing is more pleasurable. Nothing is more seductive than activities which requires, plane, train, or automobile. The glory of travel is that it only ties you down to travel. Truth be told, the divine offering of travel is the power you feel and love you acquire for things you never knew could bring you such.

Wanderlust Taste and Looks Like Everything You’ll Ever Need And Want

Eventually, you should if you already have not, foster or cultivate your travel energy and desire. How do you proceed with such activities? Easy, inspire your desire but you must first be in touch with what you like. For example, if you eat pizza, then imagine what pizza from Rome or Florence Italy would taste like. Likewise, a meat plate full of Italian meats with red wine and the best cheeses is a marvelous dance with your pallet.

If you are a visual person and you like snow, imagine being on the Swiss apps where snow falls as far as eyes can see. Mountain tops that are ridiculously high, so high that they blend perfectly with the sky. A walk through the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel will stay in your memories and fortify your desire for more travel. Experience the delights and culture of Rome during Palm Sunday and the way Romans celebrate this holiday.

Even though there are other spices to life, the reward of travel is one that consumes you, in a good way, forever and ever. If you have friends that travel and you think they overstate the experience, then you are incorrect. The experience is like non other. If you worry about traveling international, then do domestic until you are comfortable. There is so much to see in your own country.

The journey of travel begins with research, buying books, and reading reviews on places you want your journey to take you. Proceed with an open mind. In the end you’ll inspire those around you and be able to influence them. More importantly, you can ease their minds about the mysteries of wanderlust.

Travel Looks Something Like This

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On the whole, travel should leave you speechless, in a good way. It is good for the heart and soul. Travel has the ability to repair your heart, mind, body, and soul.

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Finally, you travel to learn all the whilst you learn to travel.