Can you get strength from having a sense of your purpose in life ?
Where do you get energy to fulfill your destiny, your mission – or your life purpose?
She couldn’t think of anything that mattered. Julie didn’t feel like she had a lot to live for right now.
Didn’t think she had anything to offer. She just felt … weary, empty – nothing.
She gathered herself, determined to go for a walk. She didn’t want to, but she forced herself, knowing it was supposed to be good for her, and it might get her energy moving.
She was wondering whether it mattered anyway. Would that affect her life purpose? Why did it even matter? She was almost depressed.
Lori, her dear friend and neighbor, was about to have a baby. Usually the thought of the new baby coming made her want to sing.
It was like a miracle.
But not now. Lori was due any moment, but days and days had gone by and the baby just wasn’t coming.
Julie was excited, but it was dampened. She felt like she was on hold. No enthusiasm.
It was almost as if she was afraid to be really excited yet.
Julie was like lead. Just a little depressed. Feeling no energy, again.
Another day. Washed out.
She went walking in the trees, wandering – letting her eyes take in the light through the leaves. That helped.
After a while, moving began to make her feel less wooden. It even felt good – invigorating. Oh, what a relief.
Her body eased. She could feel it, and it got lighter.
She continued on. Being in the trees, seeing their beauty and the movement of life in them, relaxed her and allowed her to expand and open. She spread her arms wide and looked up and asked for help.
She asked to be able to breathe, take it all in, and be alive with energy in the beauty of the woods. Then she came to the little footbridge.
As she was starting to cross the bridge, she felt a wave of dynamic power. It shook her. It was like a new, vibrant energy.
It felt like a life force and it filled her with joy.
It was wondrous.
She was bursting and she wanted to sing.
Then she remembered she’d heard a Native American chief tell of the singing of a child’s “essence song,” and how it used to help them at every major transition, from birth – coming of age, marriage, having children, grief, crisis – to their death. The parents especially, and elders, listen for the song as the baby grows in the womb.
They sing it for him or her at the birth – to welcome the child into their new reality. The whole village sings it for someone in crisis. It makes a huge support system. It’s almost like feeding back that person’s own essential energy to them – to give them strength (fortify them) to meet the challenge.
Julie remembered that story because she was shaking with energy and life.
She burst into tears as she felt this new presence. She began to sing. A song was coming from her without any thought.
She knew – it was the welcoming song for Lori’s baby – whose name was going to be Vanessa.
The song poured out of her, in streams of love and joy and celebration.
Oh, she’s being born now, Julie thought. Right now! She glanced at her watch; it was 5:24.
She could not stop singing for quite some time.
The song kept pouring out from her as if it had its own momentum.
It was a joyous lullaby of beautiful words that she was not directing. They just came.
She was standing by the creek with open arms singing. Singing like she had never sung before.
She felt this huge love.
She had a reason to be strong now.
She wanted so much to be able to play and dance with Vanessa.
She did have something to do – something to give. And it mattered.
What was it that Julie did? How did it help her?
How Does Knowing Your Life Purpose Give You Strength?
What do you need to do to get strength and energy?
Emerging from being on the edge of depression, Julie began to make some changes.
(Look at what else she did that changed her body energy and her emotional feelings in the next 2 posts, Part 2 and Part 3 of How Does Knowing Your Life Purpose Give You Strength? Coming shortly.)
Let’s look now at:
Three things to do to shift your reality: (They changed Julie’s reality dramatically.)
• Take Action.
Find a way to take action – that is the key.
Do something that is not in your plan for the day, something unusual for you right now.
For Julie, walking worked because, though she had to push herself to do it, it did not require too much effort.
So despite her lack of energy, she managed to take action.
• Move Your Body.
Walk or exercise in some way that feels good to you.
Any kind of movement or exercise that works for you will be fine.
If you have pain or fatigue, like with fibromyalgia, for example, gentle movement like Yoga or Tai Chi is the best
– or exercise in water.
• Know that you matter.
This is of primary importance. Essential.
Knowing you have something to give and can make a difference is profoundly important.
It is essential to your wellbeing and fulfillment.
So, how do you create the energy that you need to take action – and the strength to get your body moving, especially if you are depressed or in pain?
How do you know that you matter?
And how do you know that you have something important to give?
These questions are a core foundation of your life purpose. They will be the focus of Part 2 of this series – upcoming shortly:
Watch for: Part 2 – How Does Knowing Your Life Purpose Give You Strength?
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How Does Knowing Your Life Purpose Make You Stronger? Part 1