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The Search for Purpose

We all want a life that's meaningful. What's challenging is that meaning is self-created. There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to having a reason to get up in the morning and engage in the day. For some people, meaning is about finding a balance between work and relaxation. For others it's about making a difference in someone's life. For others it's knowing you can take care of yourself and be in a state of physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and/or relational health. We tend to take what our culture says is important and live according to that, but what happens when you're not content with being focused on having more stuff and looking happy all the time (American cultural ideals)? Or when those are your goals but you're not there yet?

This is when you get to take the reins and steer yourself toward what feels best for you, big picture. There are certain things you have to do to be a functioning adult, and whether they're pleasurable or rewarding is beside the point. You have to pay your bills and follow the law to avoid negative consequences. Beyond that you get to figure out what's most important to you and build that into your life.

Imagine waking up and looking forward to your day. If that's your current experience you've probably already identified your values and priorities and made choices that align with them. If not, what's getting in the way? Are you in a transitional phase? You may have a goal such as a fulfilling career or relationship, and are working to make it reality but haven't reached the desired outcome yet. You may want support to manage your anxiety until things fall into place, or you may need someone to help you figure out how to stop getting in your own way. Either way, I can help. Let me know if you'd like to set up a time to meet and talk about your concerns.

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