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#90 A Compelling Sense Of Purpose And Destiny, by Clyde E. Gumbs

Posted: June 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | No Comments »

A Compelling Sense Of Purpose And Destiny
By Clyde E. Gumbs

There are times I have felt as if I was given the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle representing the life I was born to live. This might seem to be an exciting opportunity to experience my life coming together as an unfolding accomplishment. Unfortunately, I also have felt as if I was given the pieces of the puzzle, but not the box that it came in with a picture representing the assembled puzzle. Imagine the task of putting together a jigsaw puzzle with thousands of pieces while lacking a clear sense of what it was intended to look like. Welcome to the experience of my life.

I have always thought that I must have been born for some purpose. In fact, I have always thought that I was born for some inspired and inspiring purpose. The issue, for me, was what was the purpose that I was born to fulfill. Most of my life has represented a quest for the fulfillment of my purpose and potential without any clear sense of what that purpose and potential were intended to be.

Like so many others, I was told that if I had a good education, then I would be on track to fulfill the purpose and potential of my life. Despite undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees from one of the great institutions of higher learning in the world, I still lacked clarity about what my true purpose and potential were. I even lacked clarity about where to go to find clarity.

Like so many others, I was told that if I had a good job, then I would be on track to fulfill the purpose and potential of my life. Despite working successfully in the highest realms of business, I still lacked clarity about what my true purpose and potential were.

Like so many others, I was told that if I had a spouse and children, then I would be on track to fulfill the purpose and potential of my life. Despite having a devoted spouse and wonderful children, I still lacked clarity about what my true purpose and potential were.

Like so many others, I was told that if I had a strong religious background, then I would be on track to fulfill the purpose and potential of my life. Despite growing up in the culture of Christianity, attending Sunday School as a child, attending church as an adult, listening to countless sermons, singing countless hymns, and reading countless scriptural passages, I still lacked clarity about what my true purpose and potential were.

Finally, like even so many others, I was told that if I did things to help people, especially those less fortunate than myself, then I would be on track to fulfill the purpose and potential of my life. Despite countless acts of kindness, generosity and charity; I still lacked clarity about what my true purpose and potential were.

To my overwhelming disappointment, I found myself in the darkness experiencing myself as a soul lost in the wilderness despite having a “good life,” having a “better and more positive life” than most people, and having done so many of the “right things” that I had been told to do. What I didn’t have was an inspired and inspiring life and a life with a clear and compelling sense of purpose and destiny. What I didn’t have was “my life.” What I had was the life I was told I should live, not the life I was born to live.

After so many years of striving for “success,” I gave up. I gave up seeking to be a better person with a better life. I gave up seeking to be the person that people thought I should be with the life they thought I should have. Out of a sense of hopeless frustration, resignation and despair I gave up my attachment to the life I had. All that remained were questions. What was the life I was born to have? Who was the person I was born to be? What was the purpose of my lifetime? What was my destiny?

From beyond any place I knew to look and beyond any place that I had ever seen, arose a vision of a world where people are inspired, inspiring and passionately living the lives they were born to live. Imagine a world where people are unleashed to be all that they are born to be. Imagine a world where people are at peace and honor the dignity of nature and humanity. Imagine a world where love and joy and miracles abound. Imagine a world where people have a compelling sense of purpose and destiny.

That is the grandest vision that I have ever imagined. That is the vision I was offered when I gave up my attachment to the life I had. That is the vision that I am willing to give my life to fulfill. A life lived fulfilling that vision is certainly a life worth living. A life lived fulfilling that vision is certainly the life I was born to live.

Imagine if I can be a demonstration of what everyone is born to be. Imagine if my lifetime can be lived as an offering to the miracle of what life can be for all humanity. Imagine if my every failure can show others and myself the way to greater opportunity. Imagine if out of pointlessness and hopelessness I can light people’s path to victory. Imagine if I can be an instrumentality of purpose aligned with, and sourced by, the universe and all divinity. Imagine if I can rise each day with such a compelling sense of purpose and destiny. Imagine if all that takes is merely being the person that I am and was always born to be. Imagine that.

(Source: http://www.inspireddestiny.com)

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