I was on a talk show recently, and the host brought up purpose, making the suggestion that most people are searching for their purpose, that thing that brings them happiness. I listened, and as she continued, I closed my eyes and listened within, and then responded, “Be here, that’s it.” There was a little bit of silence, and then, “Be here? No perhaps you are not hearing me correctly…” So she repeated the story of our purpose, I smiled on the other end of the line, as I listened to her pitch. When she was done, I repeated, “Be here.”
Well on the radio, when you simplify something, it leaves dead air, so I asked if I could explain my response. So again I closed my eyes, and listened. Then I responded,
“Be here, that is our purpose, we have been taught many things about purpose, except for actual the purpose itself, which is “be here”. I know this isn’t exciting for your listeners, but our purpose is here. As we become friends with right here, then our purpose is simple. I am here with you, so what is my purpose right now? To be here. As a Dad in front of my daughter I am here with her. As a writer, speaker, facilitator, friend, son, etc… the purpose is right here. Then right here brings me joy. Now I have discovered joy. I find joy in everything right here. From here, there may be a inspired moment of delight, where I am moved to follow this joy… as lets say… a speaker and share this message with the world. So every purpose begins here. But it starts with discovering here and becoming friends with it. Simple.”
Did you bring joy?