Purpose

May 5, 2014

A recent retreat made several lovely contributions to the much-discussed question of what an individual’s life’s purpose really is.  The first says that true purpose is always in some state of potential:

“The purpose of a life is expressed as potential.  Whatever you are certain of, whatever you already see and understand, whatever you already know of yourself and of the world, these are by definition, not your potential.  They may be true and they may be purposeful, but your life’s purpose is, by its very nature, something which has not finished expressing itself in you and through you, something which remains always in a degree of latency, because it is, quite simply, the ultimate expression that this particular form-life can have.”

And then, this hopeful notion that we are literally made for our purpose:

“We are made in a very particular way, each of us uniquely, assembled out of aspects and storylines different from any other human being who has ever lived.  We are unique, too, in constitution, in physicality, in energy.  We have absolutely unique constellations of faults and weaknesses and failures, and all of these things—both those we deem assets and those we deem limitations—exist as part of, and in support of, our individual drives towards our individual purposes.  We are made for this, this thing I call a life’s purpose.  We are beautifully and perfectly designed for absolutely nothing else the way we are designed for this.  And we need every one of our strengths and every one of our weaknesses to bring about the understanding and the unfolding of our true life’s purpose.”

And last, the reminder that it’s sometimes hard to recognize that which is right and perfect for us:

“…it may surprise you to find that things you consider your achievements, your golden moments, were sometimes extraneous to this true purpose.  It doesn’t always look like a shining.  Sometimes the unfolding of a purpose is dark and fraught with strangeness and dead ends, but it is right, it is what you were made for, it is perfect.  And in its rightness, it shines deeply and purely….”

One Response to “Purpose”

  1. Yes, the perfection of imperfection – or something like that. With gratitude and respect, Hariod Brawn.

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