What’s the Purpose

Hi, welcome back.

I heard something the other day that really started me thinking.  It struck me at the time so I wrote it down and tucked it in my wallet.

“If you don’t know the purpose of something you will abuse it.”

The interesting thing is that over the past few weeks it was something that kept creeping into my consciousness.  If there is something that is persistent enough to demand my attention then I need to pay attention.

This is one of those times that I was meant to stop and try to find meaning beyond the obvious.

“If you don’t know the purpose of something you will abuse it.”

This may sound goofy but the first thing that struck me is that this statement defined for me the purpose of “purpose”.

Purpose elevates the ordinary and provides it with meaning.  And true meaning comes from… fulfilling your purpose.  Think about it, what is the meaning of anything if it doesn’t have a purpose.

Knowing the significance of purpose is different than knowing the purpose.  This awareness demands one to understand and know purpose.

Side Note: I didn’t intend to get philosophical.  But the way things are beginning to flow out of my head I might get “out there” a bit.  I may cross the “weirdo” line that causes you cock your head and say “Huh?”  Fair Warning!

The second insight that jumped out to me is that I must fully understand the importance of the purpose of something.  We treat something in direct value we place on it.

If nothing means anything to you, then it is easy to abuse or neglect.

Quote Addendum:  “If you don’t know the purpose of something you will abuse or neglect it.”

You can destroy by abuse or neglect.  In fact I believe the greater sin is neglect.

Abuse comes from anger and anger means that something important somewhere was violated.  Anger (although usually misplaced) is a reaction to something meaningful.

Ignoring something means that it possesses so little value that it demands no emotional investment.

The third thing that wiggled its way to my consciousness is this.  If purpose is so important then we are to assist things and people in fulfilling their purpose.

“How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.”

- Albert Einstein

Humm, does it mean that part of our purpose is to help people find their purpose?

All of this caused me question things a bit more.  For example, it caused me to ask, “What is my real purpose for writing this blog?”  It’s a question that I must ask periodically.  I think the purpose is to stretch me and cause me to grow as a person.

Maybe, maybe not.  But I do know that questions regarding purpose are important to ask.

As a capstone to this blog I ran across this quote from Robert Byrne.

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”

See you Thursday.

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