Sunday, January 05, 2014

Purpose


It's not enough to be saved, to live righteously, or to be holy. In order to live that fulfilling life, you must have purpose, you must serve a function. What is your purpose.What were you intended to do, and are you doing it? There's a purpose, a function, and a place for everything. God made no mistakes.

So with that being said, how do you determine your purpose, your function. You need to go back to the basics, the core you. Think about these two points:

1. What excites you, what are you passionate about.
2. What frustrates you, upsets you, if you could change, you would change.

Excerpts from today's service- TD Jakes.

So I'm working on mine, and really trying to break through all the layers, all the noise, outside expectations, to determine what my purpose is. I challenge you to take a step out and discover your true purpose, your hidden talents, your potential.

For me, I started thinking about what truly makes me happy. But I find when I do exercises like this, I tend to lie to myself. So I stopped. Rather, I went into my email, and started looking at emails from friends. A friend of mine, sent me a link to a photographer she met recently. So I open up the link, and am directed to his showcase. There, I start viewing his spectacular pictures. After 10 minutes of browsing through his site, I clicked on the contacts section. And found that he had a NY contact number, BINGO. Then my eyes darted through the section to the email address. My immediate thoughts were interning with him. I was hesitant to email him thinking, well he's based in London and what not... Nonetheless, my little voice kept suggesting that it was possible. So I sent the email. 

By just checking my emails, I was able to pinpoint one of my passions. Photography- capturing moments that evoke emotion.

Now as I'm drafting this post, as I described my passion for photography, mathematics came to mind. Which has been an obvious love of mine. But boy have I had outside resistance in pursing that subject. I can honestly recall since high school. I had natural talent with mathematics, put a little effort and I'd get it. but what to do with it as a career besides teaching. All  roads seemed to lead to teaching. Which is absolutely incorrect. But most people, including my family, and those I interacted with believe that and actually still do. So what's wrong with teaching. Absolutely nothing. However it's not as financially lucrative as being an engineer, developer, doctor, lawyer etc. Or so we think. It's factual to an extent but there are definitely trade-offs in each profession. Anyway my passion has never been the route of teaching but mathematics. 

So once I finally got over my hangups of where I'd end up after pursuing a degree in mathematics, I enrolled in the Master's program. But I tell you, it was difficult in-terms of telling family members confidently, because I knew the reaction wouldn't be one of excitement. More so of apprehension. But hey, I have to do what I like. My life, my future, my passion. What's yours?

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