Mark Twain said something that became an important foundation for my search to find out how we function as humans: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you know why you were born.”
That went right to my heart, because I had already decided that I was going to use the rest of my life to contribute to our planet becoming a better place to live. At the same time, I felt that I couldn’t tell anyone, for they would just pat me on the head, look condescendingly at me and say “Sure, sure.” Perhaps you’ve experienced that yourself, the attitude of others that you shouldn’t go around thinking you are better than anyone else.
Perhaps you’ve asked yourself “why am I here” and/or “what is the purpose of my life”? It’s when life isn’t going smoothly that we need to deeply reflect upon these questions. That’s what it was like for me when I “hit the wall” thirty years ago.
The question of why I was born became the driving force in my life. I had created a system of visions and goals, and the driving force is what has kept me from giving up when the great and small challenges in life appear. When someone rolls their eyes and pats you on the head, you need to stand strong. This behavior is probably the most disguised bullying of another person, the type that results in people losing their self-esteem and belief that they can. That is why one of my goals is to strengthen each and every individual.
A vision for me is a great dream that I can stretch towards, and then I ask myself why? Why should I do this (the vision)?
My vision is to help people to help themselves. Why? Because I myself had the opportunity to help myself when my “baggage” became too heavy to carry and my life turned upside down. Discovering the enormous resources we can make use of to transform life from trauma and stress to a life where daily challenges can be solved with inner peace and good solutions. Our inherent strength and power, that I encountered when I was near death, is what I want others to discover in themselves.
A vision needs to be broken down into goals and tasks, and this is when it can be easy to give up. I am quietly thankful that needed to dig deeper within, ask questions about the purpose of my life, and then find the motivation that comes from contributing to a better world. That reminds me of something I learned early in life: “the greatest pleasure you can have, is making others happy.” Something that is inherent in humans.
What is your driving force and the purpose of your life? Using time to reflect upon these questions will also help you to understand where you are to go and what you are to do. You don’t need to wonder any more, you know. You choose the right job and your employer gains an enthusiastic person who shares the vision of the company. When the inner vision meets the outer vision, it is incredible what we can do.