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But waiting until we have the time is as futile as trying to save money by putting away what we don’t happen to spend. Action: The only way to commit time to purpose is to steal it from some other activity. This is what the power of purpose is all about — aligning our energies around our true priorities. Chapter 2 ◊ The Purpose Quest 21 Finding Goals and Something Else Terry Fox had a direct impact on my own life. While camping around the perimeter of Lake Superior, I came upon Terry Fox running just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Whenever I did manage to commit myself to a goal, I found I achieved more success than I ever expected, but the results never brought me the fulﬁllment the books promised. I had never been able to ﬁnd in one of those goals a meaningful 21 22 Part I ◊ The Meaning of Purpose focus for my life. On one day, a certain goal would be important; on another day, a diﬀerent goal would capture my fancy. I rarely committed myself to anything passionately. I wanted to work for a purpose, not just for a living or for one goal after another.
It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time. ” We ask: What has life done for me? Will things go my way today? What’s in it for me? However, there is a more profound wisdom in reversing the questioning and letting life question us. An openness to being questioned by life is a way to uncover our purpose. It is often in the midst of profound purpose moments that we pull back from the entanglements of daily survival and let life question us. The beneﬁt of a crisis is often the letting go of petty concerns, conﬂicts, and the need for control and the realization that life is short and every moment precious.
An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace by World Council of Churches