I talk a lot about our purpose but, hey, did you see the logo? Live On Purpose. It seems some people think their purpose is to be free of all problems. They are going to be happy, they are going to be successful, they are going to be content when they don’t have problems. Do you know anyone who has never had any problems, challenges or obstacles in life? I don’t. Even babies have problems. They cry because they can’t take care of the problem themselves. Perhaps our purpose in life is not to be free of any problems, challenges, or adversities. Perhaps our purpose is to rise to the challenges we are given. We Live On Purpose when we accept the challenges and use our skills or acquire new ones to deal with the obstacles. Think about it, if the purpose of life was to not have any problems at
In my book, Pathological Positivity, I share a story Richard Paul Evans wrote about a traveler who visits a poor, run down kingdom. He gives the king and his subjects a magic spyglass that when they look through the glass, they do not see the dismal state of things, they see a beautiful scene of what could be. Houses in disrepair appear to be beautiful cottages. Dried up yards appear as lush gardens. Haggard and downtrodden peasants look energetic and happy. Using the images as a blueprint, the king and his subjects work toward a better future. Their circumstances don’t change magically, but they improve as they begin to see how to create a better future. Each of us can create a better future, yet we sometimes limit ourselves by seeing problems, not opportunities. Think of your problems as “propportunities.” Sometimes, just this gentle shift of thinking, puts us in
Positivity doesn’t eliminate our problems, it illuminates them.