Life Will Answer Quote of Note from Richard J. Leider *

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An observation worth noting … and pondering:

A sense of purpose is rarely handed to us.
We get it by deciding to have it.
We get it by deciding that, yes, I matter.
A sense of purpose comes from within,
and only we know if we have it

For some, it doesn’t take too many years to understand and appreciate their “reason for being here.” We encounter stories all the time about a successful individual who articulated that he or she “has always wanted to be a _” or a variation of that theme. It must be especially gratifying to recognize both one’s talents and inclinations so early in life.

I suspect that for most of us, however, the search for recognition and commitment to one’s ambitions and motivations is the end result of much trial and error. Experiences we might initially check off on the “failure” side of the ledger often turn out to be the best inspirations for success.

But always the purposes and objectives we pursue can only come from our own assessments and decisions. Pursuing what anyone else offers or demonstrates as the best path to success will ultimately prove meaningless if not worse. If we cannot own the desire, we can’t manufacture it according to the examples and experiences of anyone else.

Who else is you?

Decide that you do in fact matter if for no other reason that it’s absolutely true! Start there, and learn to listen for the “signs” and intuitions which seem to draw you to one path more than any other. Trust those messages and passions, and then do all you can to nurture them day by day until they blossom on their own and leave you with no doubts about the value of and opportunities for making your unique contributions—however measured.

Choose. Life Will Answer

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