There’s something about having a deliciously compelling reason to get up in the morning that gives us some oomph, somewhat more length in our stride, perhaps more clarity of thought than we might ordinarily have. It’s called having a sense of purpose and its benefits apply equally to long, short or momentary endeavours of a business, personal or creative nature.
I noticed it recently in my brother-in-law, father and my own Beloved, all retired from paid work, but active and purposeful in other ways. Even the act of preparing food for their Beloved creates momentary purpose that these three men attend to with attention to process, detail, time requirements and, most of all, love.
When commented on, all three replied that it was good to have something to do – no matter how big or small – by way of contribution to making the life of their Beloved go more smoothly. Which just goes to show that it is possible for purpose to be present, even in everyday tasks, if you choose to tune in to it.
Being immersed in a creative project is where I notice it most, because finally, at midlife, I’ve learned to recognise the symptoms that signal purpose is present in me.
Wondering how to know if you are tapping into the extra magic purpose can bring? Here are my 8 ways to spot it:
- Sleep: Is your project, or undertaking, the last thing you think of before drifting off to a happiness-induced sleep and the first thing you wake to? Are you leaping out of bed, earlier than usual, because you just can’t wait to get on with it?
- Day-dreaming: Does it frequently pop into your mind, seemingly without invitation, and sometimes at inopportune moments? Is your attention or peripheral vision caught by something related to your project, even when meeting with others?
- Headspace: Are you drawn to or even totally obsessed with the topic? Are you craving time and opportunity to read, research, look at images, seek more information about it? Do you feel continually curious about it?
- Schedule: Do you find yourself reorganising your day and/or reprioritising your tasks in order to make more room or time for it? Do unexpected pockets of time (like being stuck in traffic) feel like a gift, when you can luxuriate in thinking about your project?
- Expenditure: Are you investing financial resources in it? Has your interest in spending money on clothes, food, coffee or whatever else you usually spend it on lessened because you’d rather put your discretionary money towards something for your project instead?
- Signs: Are you continually finding ‘signs’ that point to it (the project)? Is serendipity working its magic – ensuring you just happen to come across useful information or people who can help, advise or have experience in your particular interest?
- Energy: Does doing the undertaking seem to give you energy rather than drain you, even if you stay up late or get up extra early to pursue it? Does time seem to mysteriously fly by when you are ‘in flow’?
- Joy: Do you have a spring in your step, twinkle in your eye and extra sparkle in your smile most of the time? Do you feel a lightness of being? Do you look forward to opportunities to talk about, share with or show others what you’re working on?
Then yes, my friends, you are experiencing a sense of purpose. Isn’t it delicious?
What else happens, when Purpose is present in you?