Tomorrow morning I’m leaving the city and I’m going way up north toward the Minnesota-Canadian Border. I’m going ice fishing. I’ve never done anything like it before, so I’m really excited to take the adventure. I just found out about it last night, so this is a last minute deal. When you’re a believer, adventures pop up all over the place. And then it’s up to you to take them no matter how crazy they sound.
For all the traffic outside Minnesota visiting this site, it’s going to be really cold up there on the ice. But I’ll stay warm – I’ll be looking for God. I’m always looking for him. I’m always trying to figure out what his purpose is for me. I’ll take pictures, and write about my adventure when I return.
On the way to school today, I thought of an assignment that one of my professors gave me earlier in the week. For those who don’t know, I’m currently in college and plan on graduating with my bachelor’s degree in business communications this summer. Currently, I’m in a Positive Psychology class. It’s cool. Although sometimes I feel impatient and want to take over the class with my own lectures; but if I keep working in the direction I’m heading, my time will come. Be patient, Bill. For all of us seeking who seek our purpose, be patient, and our time will come.
The assignment was to contrast doing something fun for myself, and something fun for someone else.
I bought myself a gift. That’s what I did for myself. These last few months have been crazy. It was time to buy myself something that would give me a thrill. What was the gift? I bought myself a new bluetooth stereo so I can run my home stereo system from the buttons of my phone. As I’ve said before, music is a passion of mine… I could afford it, and it will provide hundreds of harmony-filled hours which is where I find my bliss.
But before purchasing it, I asked myself… Am I being vain buying such a luxury item? People are starving and homeless out there, and does owning something so unnecessary to my survival make me selfish?
It some ways it does, and I thought about that. But in other ways this stereo is going to help me experience a deeper journey and it will add character to my work. I convinced myself of this, and bought it. I told myself, if I don’t provide the tools to push the limits of purpose and bliss in my life, then what’s the reason of living?
We all need the tools to get the talent out of us. This will help.
The second part of the assignment was to do something nice for someone else…
I remember a few months ago I was at a party and I was talking to a woman I didn’t know at the time. She was nice, and she showed me some poetry she had written. I smiled; and I called her a poet. We became friends, and a few weeks later she looked deep into my eyes and told me how much just that one word poet meant to her.
I didn’t think anything of it when I said it, but to her it was what she’d been waiting to hear so she could find a new identity and start a new life. Unbeknownst to me, she had just escaped from a very miserable life, and was looking for a way to find herself again and start over in a better future. With that one simple word that didn’t mean anything to me, that little word poet gave her the confidence and courage to build a new life around it. What words can all of us tell someone who is waiting for their purpose?
That relationship actually blossomed into her working with me on this Purpose Pages project. The woman I was describing was Anna when I first met her. We talked writing some more, discussed some philosophy, and as I saw her talent develop, I asked her if she’d like to write a woman’s column for this site. You could tell it meant the world to her. She came up with the name, “A Woman’s Courage,” and we’ve been working like a team as we try to find this site’s purpose and heart ever since. She, like I, is now writing herself toward her purpose. I hope some people are reading through us to find theirs.
Working with her, and watching our statistics grow of the people visiting this site, makes me feel like I’m part of a talented team who’s doing something meaningful with our lives. I feel like I’ve found my friends, and the reason we’re here. Love is the most high experience for me. The greatest teams are built on love for each other. They want to succeed and thrill with each other. Being a member of this team for me… There’s nothing better out there for me.
Comparing this epiphany to listening to my stereo at home, alone, there just isn’t any contest. The stereo does provide me happiness. It will never love me. It will never score points, and help me win a championship. It will never have talent that awe’s me. It’s just a piece of metal, and plastic, which at its best can only provide me with superficial waves of pre-programmed pleasure.
But when I’m on a team I love, and we’re all working together to accomplish a purpose in God’s eyes, I am awed every second that I’m alive. I am high, and I never want to come down.
I know I’m not alone. I know there’s more souls who want to be part of a team like this. Let’s do it together. Any ideas?