By: Katie Austin
It’s early on a Sunday morning in late December. I am sitting on the back porch drinking a cup of coffee. The wind is blowing through the trees and I can hear nature waking up around me as the sun begins to peek in. I am the only one home and I find my mind wondering.
If I could change anything, what would it be? What goals will I set for myself in the New Year?
This is the first time in a long time that I didn’t wake up to making a to-list for the day. I simply allowed my mind to wonder.
I decide to pick up my laptop that I set on the table next to me and begin to perform various Google searches, entering keywords like “motivational,” “purpose,” and “change.” I watch a few of the videos and they have good information, but not exactly what I was looking for.
Then I came across one that stopped me in my tracks. It was like it was speaking to my heart. I found myself crying within the first few seconds.
The first window came up with the quote below:
“Your life won’t ever be perfect, but it can be purposeful. Live for something bigger than yourself and leave a mark on the world.” – author unknown
As the video played, I began to wonder if my life was “purposeful.” Was I living my life with purpose or simply living?
The video went on to ask you to look at yourself in the mirror and see if you disappoint the person you were at 18? Only let him or her be the judge. In that moment, a flood of emotions came running over me as I began to remember what it was that I wanted to be at the age of 18. When I so young and ready to take on the world…
The video ended and it was like life stopped for a moment. I sat there staring at my laptop as I realized that I wasn’t living my life to the fullest.
Don’t get me wrong – I am happy for the most part, but I know that I am not living my life with purpose. There are things that I love to do that I put on the back burner. I can only blame myself as I have a tendency to fill my plate to the point where I am getting a lot done, but I can’t enjoy what I am doing. I am trying to get one thing done so that I can move on to the next.
This is not the way I want to live my life. It’s time for a change.
Life should be meaningful and it won’t be until I make it a priority. If life is meaningful, it will be purposeful.
I hope each of you enjoy the video and find your true meaning (purpose) as you head into 2017. This is just the start of my journey and I will be writing more about it in my upcoming articles.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes and as this will be my motto for the New Year. I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with you!
“Don’t talk about it, be about it.” – Eric Thomas