In the daily grind of your life, amidst the rat race that you might be running day in and day out to earn more and more money, what if I tell you that money – financial wealth you are trying to accumulate – might not be your life’s purpose…your reason for being?
“What s***t are you talking about, Vishal?” a friend asked me when I made the above statement to him a few days back?
“Life is all about living happily, and you need a lot of money to do that!” he remarked with an expression as if I’d told him something blasphemous.
“Of course, you need money to live a happy life.” I clarified. “Whatever any spiritual guru says, I believe that money is a necessary evil…and thus important.
“But then money is not what I’m living for!” I added.
“That is what everyone says to sound good,” he countered. “Tell me, what are you living for? What’s your life’s purpose?”
“I don’t yet know what my life purpose is,” I expressed to a loud “Huh!” from him.
“But…” I continued, “I know some things about my life purpose…about that thing that keeps me going…on and on.”
“And what are those things?” he asked.
“One, I think my life purpose won’t necessarily be financially rewarding. Plus it might not be comfortable, easy or convenient.”
“Carry on!” he seemed eager, though I thought he was sarcastic.
“Also, my life purpose will bring me joy and contentment. I don’t get that joy and contentment from money, so I know this isn’t it!” I said.
“Wow!” he exclaimed.
“Also, while my life purpose might not make sense logically, but then you know that sometimes logic is just fear with a pretty face!”
“I’m not getting what you are trying to say, but carry one,” he again interrupted me.
“Then, I’m sure my life purpose will piss some people off, and possibly, people close to me!”
“What do you mean?” he asked. I thought he felt offended here, so I knew I was going in the right direction.
“Also, most people will think my life purpose is wrong, but for me it will be right. In fact, it will be perfect!”
“Nice words, Vishal! But when would you know that you have found your life purpose? Will it meet you someday with a board saying – ‘I’m your life purpose!’”
“No dear,” I said. “But I’m sure when I discover it, my heart will tell me.”
“Sounds filmy!” he laughed out loud. “Now, how do I find my own life purpose?”
I tapped on his shoulder and said, “You won’t find yours while living someone else’s!”
He gazed at me while I continued, “Live your life the way your inner self wants you to live. I know this sounds fearful, but then as I heard an old soldier say – without fear there can be no courage.”
My friend got up to bid me goodbye. It seemed he was leaving to find his life purpose. 🙂
Anyways, what’s your life purpose? Is money a part of it? By the way, have you already found your life purpose? Share with me in the Comments section below.
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