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I would also add...

WE WANT TO LOVE AND BE LOVED.

I think that alone is the underlying current in everything we do. :)

Thanks again Dani!

Dayne
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Dayne - Great point! I tried to add love into my personal list because I really think that's an important one. Glad you agree! :)

I like when purpose can be expressed as a one-liner. For example, Starbucks is "world's-best coffee" ... Google is "organize the world's information" ... ITunes is "world's best music store."

I think the key is to find a purpose that lights up the following statement:
Give your best where you have your best to give.

When you find that, it's your unique contribution to the world, and when you spend time in your strengths it's your growth, renewal and passion in action.

Dani - Love the quote! I would also add: to learn to love and accept others; to learn how to love better; to grow and to learn. Thanks for sharing. Take care, A. 8-D

This is one of the best blog posts I have read all month! Not only did you so eloquently dissect Rosten's words, BUT you added even more wisdom to them! I think you nailed it - absolutely excellent advice on living a life with purpose!

I also want to say that my favorite one is responsibility. It's essentially the lesson of karma. Our actions DO have an impact on the world. This knowledge can seem daunting, but at the same time it gives us personal power.

J.D. - That's a great point. It's important to have a simple catch phrase to come back to and I love the line you mentioned in your comment. Really well put!

Anita - I love the idea of growing and learning because I always want to be doing that in my life. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Steven - Thank you!! :) I really appreciate your feedback and I'm so glad you enjoyed reading the post.

I agree with Steven Handel.. there is wisdom in your words! I love how you speak of a personal life purpose, different for each of us and that "it can be anything you want it to be." How if we look on the purpose of life not as this grand intangible thing but as a reflection of our true values and inner self we create our own purpose!! wonderful!!

I think for me it is "to matter" as you said not necessarily in a big way but to count, to matter for the people in my life that i love and care for. Thank you again... i will enjoy pondering over this for time to come :)

That is a great list, Danni. Love each and every purpose. :)

-meream

Love. This. List.

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I'd just like to ditto what Hayden said :)

Really, this is great stuff. I love your list of purpose for your life. I think if I were to write mine out like that, they'd be very similar.

Dani,
I think I'll be growing my list as well. Great job!

Stephen Covey said that as humans we have a need to live, love, learn and leave a legacy. I can definitely see how your lists relate to his.

My purpose is to help people have a great time, to connect with people and help other people connect with other people and just to enjoy life for what it is. =)

and to write. ALOT!

haha, trust me Dani you definitely write the words that make people think and feel !

thanks for the fabulous reflection, Dani. LOVE your list and am working on my own, thanks to your nudge.

for today, my purpose is to pay attention.

You know it was the philosopher, Rene Descartes, who said "I think therefore I am." What pepole don't know is that the Dutch philosopher, Jan DeHorst, came up with the same idea (rationalism) years earlier.

Despite this, most folks still put Descartes before DeHorst.

A. Simplicity - I definitely believe that your life's purpose can be whatever you want it to be and that it should be unique to you. We are all so different that it makes sense that we'd have very difference purposes. You bring up a great point about how "to matter" doesn't have to be in a big way. I think we all want to matter, though we probably want to matter in different ways.

Meream - Thank you! I'm so glad you liked the list. :)

Hayden - Thanks!!! It was actually a lot of fun to write this post. I started out thinking I would just be analyzing the quote and by the end I was writing my own ideas down. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try!

Jay - I'm so glad you liked this one. And how awesome that your list would be similar! :)

Tess - Thank you! I'm excited to hear that you'll be working on your list too. It was a great exercise and I'm glad that reading this quote inspired me to think about my own purpose in life.

Rocky - Awesome that you bring up Covey! What a great point! I like what you've written for your purpose. Connecting with people and enjoying life are two of the most important things we can do. Thanks for the compliment... I'm so glad to know I'm living out my purpose! :)

Lisa - You're welcome! Paying attention is such a great one because it forces us to live in the moment (something I still struggle with). I'm glad you brought that one up and I hope you succeed in living in the moment today.

JohnW - Very interesting! I find that when I've researched things I usually find that to be true. One person gets tons of attention for an idea that others have already thought of. We see that a lot today... All of these people writing books on ideas that originated long, long ago and receiving lots of credit for it!

Compassion is difficult to cultivate if you don't have an abundance of it naturally. I love the way my husband expresses similar thoughts: the things that are of true value in life cannot be bought, stolen or given. They are earned. Honor, respect, loyalty, love (yes you give love, but you earn keeping it by your actions, or else they become an empty sentiment.
These are the things we treasure and so few truly value in the world today.
This was very thought provoking and I love that, so thank you!

Stephanie - I agree with you on that one! Compassion can be very hard if you don't have a lot of it. I love what you wrote about earning love. That's such a great concept and I've never thought about it that way before. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

It's so true. I want to be useful, responsible, to stand for something, etc. I'm grateful I'm no longer in a career where I had none of these things. Now I feel like i'm living life honorably because my work matches my values and I am contributing positively to the world in some way, every day. It's a huge, important shift.

Thank you for this wonderful posting! I'm printing it out and like a few other people on here, you've inspired me to create my own list! I am evaluating my career choice and this will be very useful to determine what's next for me. It's been interesting to evaluate my current position against the list of things we want in life. Thank you so much for sharing this!

Michelle - That's so great that you got out of a situation where you didn't have those things because they really are essential to living life to the fullest. It's awesome that your work matches your values! :)

Meroko - You're welcome! :) I'm excited to hear that you've been inspired to create your own list. I really enjoyed doing it and I hope you get something out of it as well. I'm sure it will help out a lot with the career situation!

Rostens purpose for life to me was summarized toward the end of the quote. To Show that we have standed for something. That is the thing that most of us in the world are wanting to do and are doing. Standing for what we believe in.

Very thought provoking post Dani. For me I think my life's purpose revolves around 3 things;

1. Making the world a better place.
2. Laughing, having fun, living my dreams and helping others do the same.
3. Giving and receiving love.

Great article!

Josten - Yes, I agree. I felt that the best part of the quote was near the end. Standing for what we believe in is SUCH a huge thing and I don't think people always realize how important that element is when it comes to life's purpose.

Sami - Thank you! I think the three things you brought up are GREAT things to have your life's purpose revolve around. Thanks for mentioning those because they are so important.

I think that for me the key is the interconnection of all the qualities listed in the quote. For example, I can't just be compassionate, responsible, and honorable - I won't quite have a life purpose if I just have those qualities. Rather, my life purpose needs to include all of the qualities listed to some degree, or I won't feel as though I am fulfilled. These are the most important things in life, however, only a small handful seem to recognize that. Thanks for bringing these up!

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