"If you want life to change... YOU gotta change. If you want life to get better... YOU gotta get better." - Jim Rohn
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Although the 5th principle of Kwanzaa (Nia ~ PURPOSE) was the inspiration for this blog post, it has become a support for all in starting 2016...
'The Kwanzaa celebration honors African heritage in the African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. It endeavors to build community in African American culture by recognizing and practicing seven core principles (Nguzo Saba) which are: umoja (unity); kujichagulia (self-determination); ujima (collective work and responsibility); ujamaa (cooperative economics); nia (purpose); kuumba (creativity); and imani (faith).'
A buddy of mine (YO PMO! ;-) ) reached out to me and asked if I was writing something on the principle, Nia (purpose). I thought his inquiry was right on time because I had just listened to a dynamic talk from Myles Munroe about purpose and, though, I had written something the night of that 5th day of Kwanzaa, I needed more time to think my blog through before posting. Finally, I am sharing some of my notes here in hopes that it will inspire a unique revelation in you, as it did for me, when it comes to the power and gift of purpose.
First, let me share the definition of purpose as Myles shared it. He described it as the original intent for the creation of a thing that was in the mind of the creator of the thing. In other words, purpose is the reason, or the "why?" that something exists. If you want to know the purpose of a thing, never ask the thing. Ask the creator of the thing. Purpose is only found in the mind of the creator of the thing. For example, when you buy something, it comes with instructions. There's a manual. It lets you know for what purpose it is to be used. If you buy a Toyota car, you won't find the manual for a Mercedes Benz in that car. It is of no use to you. So, when you want to know the purpose of something, you must 'get the instructions' or the 'how to' manual from the creator.
Myles believed that everything has a purpose, and that nothing in life is without it. There's a purpose for the roach, the fly, the maggot, the lice, the snake, the Lion, the hair in your nose, etc... The creator created ALL things with purpose; but not all purpose is known. And, when purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable. Why do we kill the rat, the roach, or the mouse? Possibly because we don't know their purpose... and, over time, by killing things when we don't know their purpose, it can create an imbalance. Then, we're challenged to conserve and preserve things to try and get that balance back in our ecosystems. Something to think about. . .
"Where purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable." This goes for drugs, relationships, schooling, shopping, etc... for example, there are drugs in the pharmaceutical industry that use the natural cocaine plants, poppy seeds, and other medicinal plants like marijuana for healing in that industry. When used in a proper dosage, it can be helpful or good for the body. However, when purpose is not known for those things, they can be abused (root meaning: abnormal use).
More specifically, purpose is the key to knowing why something exists, and how by knowing it, you can (and us as a community) get on track with the greatest version of your selves. Have you asked the question, "why?" ... Why you were created? Does it intrigue you to want to know your purpose?
My journey, in particular, has inspired me to ask the question. And, I have found some solace in realizing that something so much more vast and Intelligent created all that exists, and, with purpose at the back of it all. Just asking the question has opened more doors of understanding, growth, healing, self-awareness, and authenticity in me. I feel as if I am still adding to, and discovering more, of my purpose. My willingness, alone, just to try and grasp it, has given my life more meaning. And, since the Kwanzaa celebration includes cultural awareness and community, I'm finding that one of the most powerful ways to be of service to this concept is to get to our personal purpose, so that we can be empowered to authentically and meaningfully contribute to the collective and progressive mission.
And, maybe you don't have to label it, or be able to eloquently put your purpose into words... but, I do think that just by having a sense of what it is, it will enable your life to become more of the 'awesome experience' it is designed to be. And, if you feel like you're still waiting on the magic answer of what your purpose is, GIVE yourself purpose, in the meantime, through your choices. Discover what interests you, that gives you an opportunity to contribute to society/life in a more meaningful way. In what way can you be of service to others that not only adds something desired to their lives, but to your life as well? How would it make you feel to contribute in this way? What 'YOU' could you become by giving yourself a chance to live a purpose driven life?
When you think about it, it's like a conundrum. Just as much as I'm inspired to ask my Creator about my purpose, in the same breath, I am the creator of purpose for myself as well. This conscious choosing puts us in a 'creator' seat. And, even though some of us are willing to surrender to what we feel is a Greater Power for guidance with finding our true purpose, we are still not helpless when it comes to making choices to do things that can give our lives more meaning...
And, so...the journey continues.
Friday, November 6, 2015
Excellent talk... great way to explain the power of perspective and its affect on the depth and potential of relationships.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
What are you telling yourself? What are you saying to others? What are you saying about your life (career, relationships, etc.)? We have the power to shift our circumstances, and how we interact with our environment, through our spoken word. Let science inspire you...
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Very thought-provoking, insightful and challenging interview from Dr. Umar Johnson. I've heard this man's name over the years, but I was never introduced to his work, his philosophy or his movement. I think that the Breakfast Club did a good thing in bringing this kind of commentary and exposure on its program. I'm not used to seeing such conscious talk on their show. Tune in to this interview and see if it doesn't challenge your current beliefs on pertinent matters and/or expose you to another way of seeing the matrix we live in...
ALWAYS REMEMBER... YOU DON'T HAVE TO AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU HEAR OR READ. THINK FOR YOURSELF!