The Myth of Purpose

It seems like the new trend in the self-improvement movement is to to encourage us all to find our “purpose”.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve fallen into this trap myself, and even used it when I was speaking with clients. Scrambling around, creating lists upon lists of hobbies and activities I like to do, hoping to find one about which I feel passionate enough to create a career that would then become my PURPOSE.
However, more recently, as I began to examine my life, and realized that even though I’m still working my 9-5 and I haven’t fully moved into my career calling, I feel like my life has purpose. As if I am current living my purpose. ┬áSo I began to ponder the question:
If purpose is not my job, or my career, what is purpose?
I arrived at this conclusion:
Purpose is not something we do, it is something we are.
Purpose comes from within us. Our jobs or occupations may be how we express it, but really, these are all just ways to express the values of our authentic self.
Our purpose here is to find a way to shut out all of the noise that surrounds us and limits our beliefs of what is possible for us and turn inward and strive to lead a life that matches what our inner voice KNOWS is correct for us.
When we feel frustration with our current line of work, it isn’t always because we need to find a new job. Maybe, we just need to figure out a way to bring our current situation more in line with our heart’s desires.
What if we looked inside of ourselves and decided what we truly wanted, what would be the truest expression of ourselves here on this planet, rather than looking outside of us, blinding hoping that we will stumble upon the one right thing we were meant to do? And then, what if we tried to incorporate those beliefs in every aspect of our lives? Our relationships. Our leisure actives. Even our crappy 9-5s.
Would we then be living our purpose?
I think so.
What about you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts below!