Live Your Life with a Purpose and Passion

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” | G.K. Chesterton

In Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning (Beacon Press,1959), he describes from his personal experience how some people can endure almost any hardship if their will to live is great enough. While life can be difficult, Viktor Frankl’s solution was to find something to live for: a reason why. This purpose or reason why needs to be so compelling that it fills us with great passion, so we can drive forward over any and all obstacles, and sustain the will to persevere even through the greatest difficulties.

This purpose fills the void and gives us hope to see a better day, faith that it will arrive, and the courage necessary to make it happen. Our purpose helps us see beyond the daily trials, and reminds us that the sacrifices we make are a small price to pay for achieving something bigger and more important than ourselves. It gives us hope when it is in short supply, and faith when we need it the most.

Take the time to determine what makes you passionate. It may be to provide a better life for your family, give your children more opportunity, make a significant contribution to your community, or achieve a great advancement in business, science, literature or the arts. It can be as grand as leaving a significant financial legacy, or as profound as raising a good family. Passion is personal but makes you powerful. It is meant for you and you alone.

Whatever makes you passionate, let it resonate with every fiber of your being, from your mind to the depths of your soul. Consider it the driver that will propel you forward to achieve your life’s work. It is the reason why you do what you do. It gets you up in the morning and keeps you going all day long. Passion will fill you with a sense of accomplishment and pride, knowing that you are becoming a better person and are making a positive impact on others as you strive toward its fulfillment.

While your goals will likely evolve over the course of your life, like seasons in a year, your reason why is long-term and visionary. It often strengthens as we mature, becoming stronger as we find our place in the world. As we approach middle age, it often turns to the next generation. And, as we approach the end of our lives, it will focus on our legacy: our desire to leave our mark on the world.

Do not be concerned if you have not yet found that burning desire or purpose. Take the time necessary to determine it; start by writing down what you believe it is. The process of writing always clarifies thinking and becomes a record that can bring focus over time. Don’t overanalyze. Instead, listen to the quiet voice inside of you speaking of what is important. This is your calling in life.

Passion should move your thinking to a higher level of consciousness so your mind becomes open to the possibilities. For instance, the accumulation of additional wealth is not that inspirational in itself. However, if you are passionate about earning more to enable your children to get a better education or access to special medical help, your consciousness would determine new ways to make money that you may not normally have considered.

Passion will push you well beyond your comfort zone and will bring forth your gifts in a powerful and meaningful way, making the mark of your time on earth both meaningful and lasting.

-Eamonn Percy

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