What on earth am I here for?

I took this picture in Marne-La-Vallee, France. It was such a beautiful place, I could see myself walking down this road and coming up with great insights…

Today, like many other days I woke up with purpose on my mind. I woke up thinking “what on earth am I here for?” and “am I working and walking towards it?” “Am I letting my life count beyond me? Or is it me-me-me!” Sometimes I don’t have all the answers, but I know these are questions you probably ask yourself as well, you wonder where you fit-in in the grand scheme of things. What you were put on earth to change and contribute? You wonder if you’ll make an impact or not, and sometimes you even wonder where to start. I know, I’ve been in that place before, in fact, in a lot of ways I still walk that path because once you think you know and have mastered one level, a whole new level opens up and you start all over again! It’s like mountain climbing- you get to the peak of one and immediately find there’s a higher one you want to test you skills against.

Anyhow, I want to share somethings that help me answer this question, that keep me moving in the direction of the “higher calling” for which I have been put on earth:

1. Being authentic: you are a designer original. There is only one you! No body else on earth can take your “own” place. However, you only contribute to the world in an outstanding way when you bring the real you to the table. The way you think, the way you view problems and their solutions, your gifts and expressions of them are uniquely yours. Run your own race. Don’t imitate another’s – you can learn from them but your race is uniquely yours. Enjoy the things you like, be yourself without conforming to everyone else’s opinion.

2. Clear clutter: you can’t be authentic when you don’t even know you. Sometimes you need to sit down and clear your head of what mama said, what uncle and aunt said. What the bullies told you in school, what the magazines say. You need to walk through the debris and say “who does God say I am”, “what do I add”, “what makes me feel good” “I am happiest when…” “I am at my best when…” “What would I like to be remembered for?” Answering those questions help you towards clarity.

3. Work your gifts: Your gifts are your tools towards achieving purpose. Why do I feel like I must write? Sometimes, I feel like I write whether I want to or not. Why do you feel compelled to build things? To draw? To direct affairs, to make a film? Why do people see dirt and you see a building, see potential… Some see fabric and you see an outfit. Your gifts make room for you- they are your vehicle to achieving purpose and are not limited- you use them in every circumstance and every sphere of influence you find yourself in.

4. Re-train your brain: start to think outside your box- whatever that box is. You are not limited by your circumstances or where you started from. The only thing that limits you is how far you are willing to think. In the timeless classic- As a man thinketh James Allen wrote “all that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts”. Think big and think in live

Technicolor, 3 dimensional detail. Think about possibilities and how to bring them to pass- every great thing that has been done, was once thought impossible until someone did it!

Find aids to help you think outside the box– read books. Travel to new places, have conversations with people outside your immediate circle, go to nice places that you’ll normally not feel comfortable going to. Try new things and new experiences. The aim of all this, is to stretch you so that you are continuously growing and becoming better!

5. START: develop a bias for action. Have a plan but don’t over think it! Put one foot in front of the other- most successful people have tried so many times and failed- think Thomas Edison and over 1000 attempts at creating the light bulb. Most entrepreneurs are serial entrepreneurs- you try, try again, until you get it right!

Okay, I have written more than I intended to today. I just really want you to excel at being you! We all lose something if you are less than you could be! I am hoping you step out and give you a chance to excel, to shine and be your very best this week! I see limitless possibilities in and through you, I see you fulfilled and working in purpose, don’t you? Be awesome this week!

12 replies to “What on earth am I here for?

  1. This is a nice piece of motivational writting. I am what I think I am. May this piece of work help those who will visit the blog and read it take a leap and become what they think they will become.

    1. Amen and Amen! That truly is my aim Mr, Akpabio! I find that you mind has to go there first for your circumstances to follow and that is good because you have total control over your thoughts and the meanings you ascribe to events that occur! Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate that you do.

  2. Hmmmm! This with all the trade windows has to stir ones mind to self discovery mode. I am on that path and to each his own on that journey to that which makes you truly happy and fulfilled. Lovely piece as always.

  3. Thanks for another inspiring piece. It reminds me of a very poignant statement I heard recently: that even amidst the chorus of innumerable angels, God still wants and waits to hear my (or any other individual’s) voice. That I am not lost in the crowd but there’s something distinctly mine that fills Him with great joy and meets a need in the world.
    Thanks for reminding us of our one-of-a-kind God given voices (gifts/talents/purpose) and encouraging us to use them.

    1. Aww! That’s such a lovely and true statement to read! Yes! We are all here because the world needs us! We come with something that no one else can bring! May we flourish and impact the world in beautiful ways that out live us. Kisses sis!

  4. …inspiring words…these words could lift a person out of despair and hopelessness. Excellent post !

    I see (1) purpose, (2) calling and (3) vocation as interrelated but distinct issues. These three are often lumped togther under ‘purpose’ but I think seperating them should she more light.

    (1) ‘purpose’ for me is is more of a general concept: ‘what something has been created for’ it must be simple and easy to explain. A bus is created for transportation, to carry people and things. (2) ‘calling’ for me is more specific, it has to more to do with unique gifting and goals. An airport shuttle bus is ‘called’ to carry passengers from the the departure lounge towards the plane. That is all it does and it is specially made to do that. (3) ‘vocation’ is what more personal and has to do with choice, enjoyment and past-time experience. An airport bus could have a really good steroeo system and inner lights and the manufacturer could offer it to be used for airport workers to relax inside, listen to music and and even sleep inside at night!

    Without writing too much I propose that issues such as ‘character’ ‘personality’ and ‘spiritual development/formation’ fall into the ‘purpose’ category. For those of the Christian, Islam, Judaic faithS, ‘purpose’ is the same for every human being and that is to project a God-like character. Living beyond yourself. This purpose is the foundation for ‘calling’ and ‘vocation’.

    ‘Calling’ for a human is that which you are specifically gifted for, burdened about or that which you were trained for. Finding this maybe simple or may require a lot of soul-searching.

    ‘Vocation’ is what you enjoy doing, brings you joy and a pasttime experience.

    All 3 are required for a fufilled life.

    1. Fantastic comment dear Uyi. I appreciate how analytical you are. While I generally agree with you, I differ on some points, I believe that the whole of humanity has a purpose for which we were created and in a general sense, that would be to glorify God (for those of us with religious persuasions), but each individual has a unique and separate purpose. What were you created to do as a person. How in your own individual way will you bring glory to God? In what way will you do it most effectively (because you can find expression of your purpose at various levels and in different ways, there is a way/ways that are most efficient and effective for you as a person that is distinct from the person next to you).

      I then think your vocation and your calling are vehicles through which you express that purpose, they are also tools towards finding or fine-tuning your understanding of your individual purpose. The dictionary defines “vocation” as a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation” and calling as “a string urge towards a particular way of life or career or vocation”. I don’t feel like we are limited to particular vocations as a result of purpose, I think that with a proper understanding of purpose, whatever job or vocation you are currently engaged in, can be used as a vehicle to express purpose. I don’t believe purpose should wait till you find an appropriate vocation to express it.

      More important though is “working” these things out, being engaged in self-examination, being mindful that you are not on earth for nothing, you are here because no one else could bring what you can and so you are meant to contribute your uniqueness, your insight,yourself- to humanity. And while you are on the journey, not to be paralyzed by analysis, don’t say “I haven’t found my purpose yet, so I won’t try so and so”, experiment! Live life, find expression, be your best you and as you engage in that journey slowly, surely you begin to find more of you, find what makes you feel truly alive.

      Thanks Uyi for stopping by, I’m afraid my response may be longer than the post itself. Lol! I am just passionate about this. I have 2 other posts on purpose in my “How high can you go series” I would like to hear your thoughts on those as well. When iron sharpens iron, sparks fly but they both come out sharper.

  5. Hajara, I’m enjoying this. I love this that you wrote “…you are here because no one else could bring what you can and so you are meant to contribute your uniqueness, your insight, yourself- to humanity. And while you are on the journey, not to be paralyzed by analysis, don’t say “I haven’t found my purpose yet, so I won’t try so and so…”
    This is very insightful stuff. I agree about the importance of a person contributing something unique to humanity. But I would not call that the ‘purpose’ of that human being. I am careful not to use the word ‘purpose’ that way, I would rather call this a ‘life-mission’ or ‘life-work’ or even ‘life-contribution’. I prefer to use the word ‘calling’ but not in the limited dictionary definition you quoted.
    For me ‘purpose’ for a human being must be linked to the reason for being created, the reason why you are alive, why are you a human ‘being’ rather than a human ‘doing’?
    What is a human? The same answer should suffice for every human being…this is ‘purpose’. The starting point to define ‘purpose’ should be ‘what does it mean to be a human being (regardless of your race, colour, age, education?’
    In my terrible analogy 😦 concerning an airport shuttle bus, the purpose of the airport shuttle bus is the same purpose for every bus of any size or shape all over the world: to transport things (be it people or objects).
    For the airport shuttle bus to “…be here because no one else could bring what you can and so you are meant to contribute your uniqueness, your insight, yourself- to humanity…” would be for the bus to transform itself to a shuttle bus and fulfilling its mission on Earth ! But it would still be fundamentally a bus, purpose unchanged.
    In summary: purpose is the same for every human being, but life-work/life-mission will differ. In fact a person can be created for 2 or even 3 ‘callings’ in one life-time but his/her purpose (reaing for ‘being’ is never changing and remains only one.

    1. Dear Uyi, I don’t want this to seem like an argument but I owe a responsibility to everyone who reads this post including you, so I have to clarify that from a scriptural perspective (which is where I know you are coming from), to say everyone has the same purpose will be misleading. And here are my reasons why, based on scripture:

      1. Acts 13:36 says after David fulfilled his purpose in his generation, in some versions it says after David fulfilled God’s purpose in his generation… either way, the Bible tells us that David had his own purpose. All the different mighty men of David had their own purpose which was different from David’s. Of course, there is a purpose for all humanity but to say that each individual does not have a specific purpose and a unique expression of that would not be right. More scripture:
      2. Jeremiah 1:5: God is saying to Jeremiah “before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you a prophet unto the nations”- to Jeremiah! As an individual did he not have a purpose that was different from the person next to him?
      3. Psalm 33:15 says “He fashions their hearts individually, he knows all their works!” We are not off an assembly line, each person is intentionally created, here for a reason. Psalm 139.
      4. Jeremiah 29:11- for I know the plans I have for YOU, plans to give you a future and an expected end.
      5. Ruth, Noah, Joshua, Abraham, all glorified God, all different purposes. Esther’s wasn’t the same as Noah’s but all brought glory to God. more aids said to Esther, perhaps you were “born for a time such as this”, meaning that she was born when she was, in preparation for when she would have access to the king and save all of Israel. Purpose determined and then a vessel created to fulfill it. Positioned, poised, placed and equipped to do what you were put on earth for.

      I could go on and on but so that I don’t become over-bearing, I suggest that anyone who wants to know more, should get a copy of Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life”, it is full of scripture and gives you a chance to engage with the word of God on this subject of purpose.

      Uyi, I really appreciate your interaction and the fact that it has given me the chance to explore this in a way that I would not normally do on my blog- in a Bible class maybe, but not here. Thanks for that, we can take this offline and have a face-to-face conversation on the subject. I believe we all get better as we engage the word of God. Ciao! Be awesome this week.

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