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“We are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are each of us, like beautiful snowflakes–Unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose.” ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” ~Seneca
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How tempting it can be to forget that we are each “unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose.” Often we compare ourselves to those around us, measuring our differences, versus embracing our own uniqueness.
Truly internalizing that we “are born for a specific reason and purpose” means that we must embrace life, versus hide from it. We must get up sometimes, when we would rather lay down. We must bounce back at times when we aren’t feeling resilient. We must risk sometimes when we would rather hide. That isn’t an easy job to accept.
Many people choose to play the victim. “Surely, my purpose has been stripped form me after all of life’s turmoil.” Still others do not want a purpose. Leave the purpose-driven stuff to someone else, they think. You will recognize these people from their negativity or their numbness. They often lack passion for life and all the gifts that can be found within. They are too scared to challenge life, so they convince themselves that those “purposes” and “rewards” are for “everyone else.” Hiding from our own purpose is a double-edged sword. While we minimize the risks we take and the bruises we get, we are left with a gnawing ache for “something more” in our lives.
The word “purpose” can be misleading. Obviously we aren’t all going to be Martin Luther Kings, Mother Theresa or Einstein. That doesn’t make our purpose any less important. Each of us has something distinct to contribute while we are here. It is something only we can give. And each gift, whether small, medium or large by whatever measure you use – impacts the world for eternity.
If you choose to hide from your purpose or not discover it, that also impacts the world for eternity. Erica Jong said it well, “And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”
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