What Is Your Life Purpose?

What is your calling, your mission – your life purpose? Can you write it in one sentence?

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You are a leader at home, at work and in the community!  If you want to be more effective in your leadership, I urge you to give this some thought, and consider writing down what your life is about – in one sentence.

Examining the life of four people I think most of this blog’s readers admire, it is evident to me that their lives were about one overarching purpose.

  • Jesus – His life was about “saving humanity.”
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. – His life was about “achieving equality and dignity for people of color.”
  • Mother Theresa – Her life was about “bringing healing and comfort to forgotten children.”
  • John Maxwell – His stated life purpose is “to add value to others.”

So four years ago after reading about this topic, I decided that I would try to write mine down.

At first I felt strange writing anything.  I thought, “Why should I define myself?  I just want to discover as I go.”  “How will I know what it is?”   “I don’t have just one life purpose; I want to do many things.”

But I dug deep and trusted those I looked up to, and I started writing.  After a few months I felt comfortable putting something down, and I refined the statement within a year (about 3 years ago).

Here is mine… To grow so I can positively influence others.

Since I have written these simple eight words down, I consistently find myself asking myself two questions:

  • How can I grow more?
  • How can I positively influence others better?

How I am doing in those areas?  I will leave that up to others to evaluate me.  However I feel that since then, my life has taken a different rhythm, a higher meaning, and an almost singular focus.

The establishment of a clear, central purpose or goal in life is the starting point of all success. - Brian Tracy

 

There is so much to say about this topic, and I have so much to share with you.  And I will – in future blogs.  But for now, I want to challenge you with the following:

A few days ago I attended a touching candlelight service honoring the life of a dear patient of mine – 17 year old Heidi Hunt.  Her short life has touched and continues to impact the life of so many.

Her family had such beauty and grace, and I appreciate so much how they involved the community in celebrating their dear daughter’s life.

I went out of the service with one thought… “My life can end anytime.  What am I doing with it?”

Let’s get proactive, deliberate, focused and intentional.

Our candlelight service will come, and we don’t know when!

Let’s find out quickly why we are here!

Your friend,
Wes Saade MD Signature

In honor of Heidi’s life:

Today I learned of the passing
Of a sweet patient of mine
I just saw her last week
And she was doing fine
Actually she was doing great
Better then ever before
Why does God take such an angel home? 

It was a car accident and a horrific scene
That stole the life of this angel of seventeen
It shocked the town and everyone who knew
Because Heidi was a beauty through and through
And tonight I ask more than then before
Why does God take such an angel home? 

Her beautiful smile and her deep quiet soul
She always healed my heart
When she came in my clinic door
She said last week “I want to be a nurse”
I knew one day she would soothe many hurts
I saw the caring in her more than ever before
Why does God take such an angel home? 

Why does God take such an angel home?
That’s a question that for now we will not know
For her mother and father and family
What a sad day words cannot describe
She will always be in their hearts and mine
And one day we will see her whole
When we go home, she is already home!

 

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