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Five Ways to a More Purposeful Life

Add more meaning to your life just by applying five simple practices.

womanLet’s face it – many people, if not most, nowadays have no idea why they are here on this earth. We go through the daily routines of our lives and, more often than not, find ourselves “wandering aimlessly” on this road we call “life.”

Although being a parent certainly does add more meaning to one’s existence (it certainly did to mine!), there are still many days when we find ourselves “losing our bearings.” We wake up in the morning, dreading what the day has to bring, and go to bed at night, utterly exhausted.

This doesn’t have to be the case though. I’ve personally discovered that when one knows exactly what one is called to do on this earth (I recently wrote my “Mommy Mission Statement,” and it helped a lot!), life becomes more beautiful, and the daily challenges one faces become less burdensome. A purposeful life becomes a passion-filled, exciting life!

According to the financial literacy blog TheMoneyQuest.com, “a purposeful life is one which makes you feel alive, and also makes this world a better place to live.”

Here are five ways by which one can find more meaning in one’s life:

1. Discover your calling.
This may be easier said than done. There are probably millions, if not billions, of people who have died without having discovered their calling in life. In an article entitled “Be True To Yourself,” written by well-known Catholic lay preacher Bo Sanchez, it says:
“Love yourself. Celebrate yourself. Be yourself.
Be true to how God created you.”

So how does one know one’s life purpose? In another article, Bo puts it simply:

“How do you know your purpose in life? So many people think it’s complicated. No it’s not. In fact, all you have to do is ask two very simple questions.

Question #1: What do you love to do?
Question #2: Where do you excel?

Once you’ve discovered your calling, you’ll be able to have a sense of direction and purpose in your life. Later on, you may even decide to craft vision and mission statements for your own family, so that each family member, in turn, may come to discover a greater purpose behind their lives.


2. Don’t give up on your life dreams.
I’ll be perfectly honest with you – I’m not what people would call a writer “by education.” In fact, I graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy (PT). I even took and passed the PT Licensure Exams. However, when I was still in high school, I remember wanting to be a writer. Yet I took up PT because my parents wanted me to become a doctor and PT was the most popular pre-Med course at the time.

Fast forward to today. I am now “living my dream” to be a writer. Aside from being a Smart Parenting contributor, I’m the managing editor of a kids’ inspirational magazine and a regular blogger for philstar.com’s unBLOGGED section. I also contribute to local and foreign family-oriented magazines and occasionally write scripts for video presentations and radio dramas.

All of this happened because I finally discovered, by God’s grace, that I am called to be a communicator, particularly through writing.

Why am I sharing this here?

I believe that all of us have our own life dreams. When we know what these are and fight to make them a reality, our lives become more interesting. Our thoughts, actions and words have more purpose. Each day brings us closer to the fulfillment of these dreams.

Remember, though, that to realize one’s dreams, one must be 100% focused on doing so. One must also be equipped with patience, self-belief and the grace to accept criticism. I also believe in the power of prayer (no matter which God you pray to) – don’t take it for granted.

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  • Guest Mar 16 2012 @ 10:53pm
    Hi Tina! I love your article! It's so inspiring and just in time too. My family is in a financial crisis right now. I have no work right now and the only income that we have is from my husband and we have a little baby. I thought it was the end of the line. Our debts are getting high and I really don't know what to do anymore. I don't even know where will life take me.

    Thanks. You opened my eyes and inspired me a lot.
  • Guest Mar 11 2012 @ 08:24pm
    This is a nice article. I'm glad I read it. It's insightful and inspiring. Too often, mothers get caught in too many responsibilities that they forget to their own goals, etc. Thanks once again.
  • Guest Feb 24 2012 @ 08:04am
    Hi, Tina! Your article resonates with me. I also read Bo Sanchez' books and blog and try to follow his wonderful advices on personal growth, as well as on family and finances.
    Thanks for sharing that you took up PT in college, yet here you are, living your dream as a writer. This gives me hope that I too can become a writer even though I didn't take up a course geared towards a career in writing.
    You are an inspiration. Thanks again.
  • ahyzeyuh Feb 23 2012 @ 12:26pm
    i always asked this to my self

    and love this, got enlighted with the msg !

    very true--
    very inspiring--
    and indeed a good guidance..

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