Purpose as a lifetime relationship
A sense of one’s purpose can sit at a very deep level within us – sometimes elusive and sometimes very present. We can get a glimpse of it; we can perhaps have a very well-developed relationship with it. For some it will inform, in a very conscious way, every waking hour. For others it will feel like a gentle hum in the background that accompanies their daily life.
When we are clear about and aligned with our purpose, we may also have a sense of being ‘purposeful’ in terms of being intentional, action focused, clear about the actions needed to fulfil it. On the other hand, we may experience some frustration or encounter obstacles, often within ourselves, that seemingly slow us down on the pathway of fulfilling or living our purpose.
Like any long term or lifetime relationship, our relationship with our purpose will go through different stages, phases and expressions. At times intimately aligned, vibrant and flourishing with a flow and ease that is effortlessly uplifting – truly graceful. At other times, needing some effort and ‘TLC’ to keep remembering why we are together and recalling the deep love and bond that we have. External factors will play their part too, sometimes enabling, sometimes hindering – sometimes strengthening sometimes weakening this fundamental relationship.
Within all of this, our responsibility, our ‘work’, is to invest in the relationship. Invest by bringing everything we have to living our purpose and bringing it to fruition in whatever way we can. Invest by honouring and respecting the livingness of the purpose and within that the need for change and adaptability. Plus the need for us to clear the pathway of any obstacles that may be alive within us – our own inner barriers, insecurities or blockages that impede its fulfilment.
Like any meaningful relationship, we need to show leadership. Leadership of ourselves and playing our part with all our love, courage, gifts and talents and leadership in support of the vision we hold. Nurturing our purpose is a living expression of the relationship we have with it and through that nurture we will overcome any barriers, internal or external that ensure its full potential can be and will be realised.