Finding Your Purpose
According to Dan Buettner, in his study of what he has labeled “Blue Zones”, one of the things that adds years to your life is having a purpose. In observing communities where people live full lives past the age of 100, he found that one of the unique factors was that they all knew what their purpose was for getting up each day. So, I started to examine my purpose. As I looked back over my life, I began to see a pattern that has led me to Alaka’i Associates and the mission to be a guide for those seeking enlightenment, self-actualization, joy, and more fulfilling lives. Much of what I have endeavored in my life has been in a “helping” capacity of some sort. Starting with babysitting as a teenager, then on to being a Candy Striper at a local hospital. Next came teaching at a preschool followed by working in a more formal educational administration capacity, and then into teaching literacy for adults and families. Then came working with those affected by cancer in both a professional and caregiver capacity. I have now come to realize that my purpose has always been in that “helping and healing” environment and now recognize it as my “why” when I start each day. With clarity of purpose you reduce your stress which leads to a healthier, longer life.
“Look for a way to lift someone up. And if that’s all you do, that’s enough.” ~ Elizabeth Lesser
until next time…