A Comment On Purpose

A Reader’s Comment

One thing I enjoy is seeing the interactions that we get from our readers. Whether from our Twitter, our Facebook or other social media accounts, I enjoy chatting with them.  Sometimes we get a comment or two left on the blog itself, which I really enjoy reading.  It’s great to hear from you all and it encourages me!

Today, I’d like to take a look at one such comment that was left by one of our readers.  You can check it out (and the post it was left on) below:

You Have A Purpose

What would that purpose be?  As Stephen quite rightly pointed out, it’s not always evident what our purpose could be.  What do you think?

Finding Purpose

As I mentioned in my reply to Stephen, it’s hard, if not impossible, for me to tell you what your purpose is.  You see, purpose isn’t something that people can tell you you have.  If you play the guitar, they can tell you that you play it well.  If you write, they can tell you that you write eloquently or inspirational posts.  They cannot, however, tell you what your purpose is.

So how do you find it?

Unfortunately, there is no five-point plan, no simple formula or any other way to find purpose.  It’s one of those things that you just find.  As you go through life, you find something that you’re good at that gives you joy, or something that you feel you were called to do.  As a concept, it’s difficult to explain, so perhaps the best way to explain it is by using an example.

When I started Pushing Back the Shadows, it was something that I felt I had to do.  My mental health struggles started and I felt awareness needed to be raised for all the different challenges and issues that surround it.  As I started blogging, I found that it was something I enjoyed doing and it helped me, as well as helping others.  As such, I realised that it was my purpose: I enjoyed doing it, it was helping people and it was something that seemed to come naturally.  One purpose.

Find Your Purpose

I hope that gives you an indication of how to find your purpose.  It’s out there.  Something that gives you a reason to get up in the morning.  You will find it.  If it brings you joy, if it encourages you to do something that you enjoy, it stands a good chance of being your purpose.

Sometimes your purpose isn’t evident until you’re in the situation.  You might be here to help someone specific.  It may be that you have yet to meet that person or it may be that you’ve met them and you don’t realise you’re helping them.  You might never know but I can guarantee that you have that purpose somewhere.

So my challenge to you is this: take a step back and have a look at your life.  Take a good look.  The people around you, the things you do.  The things you enjoy and the things that you can find that enthusiasm and motivation for.  Visualise them.  Now ask yourself, could you be doing something good with them?  Is it possible that there is something good happening through what you’re doing?  Are you an influence to those friends and family members and other people who you come into contact with?

Could that be your purpose?

Might it be a small, flickering light in the darkness that you have to find?



But you will find it.

In the meantime, place your hand over your heart.  Do you feel that?  Do you feel it beating?  That’s purpose.  You are alive for a reason.

But it’s up to you to find it.

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Author: Alex Davies

Alex Davies is the creator and writer for Pushing Back the Shadows. Find out more about his journey here and connect with him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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