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Sense of Purpose

I often think deep. I observe mine and others’ behavior, then analyze. This is the theme of my blog, thinking deep, introspecting and discovering ways to overcome. I rarely run out of ideas. My poor husband has to hear my analyses just about every day at dinner or in the car.

I still have many thoughts to blog about, but lately I’ve been feeling a lack of purpose. As usual, I’ve analyzed this issue, and I’ve discovered why. The deeper digging I’ve been trying to figure out is what to do about it.

As of this post, I’m still not sure what to do, so I’m trying out a few things. I’ve always loved words and liked critiquing my fellow authors in the writer’s group when I lived in Florida. So, I’ve enrolled in some editing classes.

I’m not quite sure yet what’s going to come of this, but I’m considering (in the future) either looking for a job in the editing business, or offering my services as a feelancer.

This is not set in stone, as my sense of purpose has lost its direction. I’m still writing my WIP as well. Maybe the loss of purpose is why I’m moving at such a snails pace with this novel. I really don’t know for sure. I have more analyzing to do.

Due to writing and my course work, I may not be around as often, but I will be when I can. I do enjoy spending virtual time with my blogging friends.

Have you ever questioned your purpose? If so, for how long, and what did you do about it?



25 thoughts on “Sense of Purpose”

  1. One thing that God always whispers (or loudly) states to me is that “I am right where he wants me”
    I often remind folks of this too.
    As god moves us (the chess pieces analogy comes to mind) and wel he knows the future as clear as we know the past and he knew your name before you were born
    Knows the number of hairs on your head
    And he knows the large and small details –
    And sometimes I think when we have a churning – he has allowed it for a reason – to Anchor more with him – to ponder (as you often do) and to go through what humans “get” to go through
    Ya know
    We are not robots and so the life God grants us will have those ups and downs as we live in him and through him and enjoy the gift of life while growing.

    One time I asked god why something on my life was taking so long.
    Like did he not hear the thousand prayers (jesting cos I know he did) and he quietly reminds me that “I am right where He wants me to be.”
    It is for the lives I will touch on my path. It is for how I will be touched – and it is what I am learning to help fortify future paths.
    So we “be” and nestle under his wing.
    And continue to plan and then let him lead – and modify –
    There is an old christian rock song that says “if he goes before me, I know I’ll never lose”
    God has gone before us – he gave you your guys for a reason – and he knows how you will use all that talent you have.
    And editing is a gift
    Also – the hunger and drive you ha e is a gift – and so I know you know this but continue to anchor with his leading and sometimes that peace his gives us is a major green light.
    Other times we wait for a sign.
    And that is probably enough rambling – but wanted to chime in because you wrote such a warm and open thoughts here 😉

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    1. How kind of you to take the time to encourage me with Spirit. I’m feeling unaccomplished these days. I know that guidance will come. So many times the Universe has shifted to accommodate me (and I’ve blogged about it), because God heard my prayers. Like you said, sometimes it took longer than I wanted, but things always worked out for my good. I know they will again, feeling impatient I guess.

      Thank you for your kindness.

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      1. my pleasure and I also thank you, Lori, because earlier this month I needed to connect about the snobs in the world – felt so good
        so thanks for sharing the brief story about the makeup (and what did you decide?)

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  2. I love what Jill and Kathy said (and agree with them about the spiritual aspects, God, and prayer).

    It’s great that you’re figuring out your purpose. You’ve taken a good step in that you’ve enrolled in editing classes. Please keep us posted on your progress.

    I started off as a proofreader for a legal publishing house ages ago. I then worked for the American Bar Association as a layout editor. Associations are good places to get editing work. Publishers also, whenever they have openings for freelancers.

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    1. Ahh, but you do have a purpose. You make a difference in people’s lives. That’s where I’m struggling, but I trust I’ll find my way. Thanks for sharing your experience with “purpose,” Abbi.


  3. Oh for sure. What am I doing and why. I went through a long period (years) of wondering what was going on. I felt very dead-ended and sort of useless, really. I did a giant overhaul including moving and changing employers. I needed to cast off and change direction, but it took me a while to come around to this (I’m a muller).
    Good luck with this, Lori. You will find your solution; perhaps you need to let yourself be with it. In the meantime, be good to yourself. 🙂

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    1. Glad you liked the photo, Anneli. I went through a bit to get that one. I drove by that creek on frigid day and took the snapshot in my mind first. It’s just a few blocks away, so I ran inside and grabbed my camera, then drove back there. Little did I know that I’d have to climb a frozen mound of snow on the side of a busy road (without gloves) to get a clear shot. I did it anyway, and I’m glad I did. I was thrilled with the shot and I thank you for noticing. 🙂 ❤

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  4. Editing is so much fun! I do it as a freelance job and love it. Taking a course would add to that experience (if the instructor is good), and I bet you’ll have a lot of fun with it. If you don’t blog as much, don’t forget you have my email address.

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    1. Hi Anneli. This first instructor I have is pretty excellent. She explains things so clear and concise, and she’s humorous, too. I plan to take another from a different place/instructor after this one. I’ll definitely still be around when I can. Blogging is a nice break where I get to hang with friends. 🙂

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  5. Lori, in answer to your question … all the time! 😀 I think a few are lucky to fall upon the one and chosen activity of their life early on but for most it is a fluid, ever-changing life, one of soul-searching, changes, brought on by choice or forced upon us. Your quiet thoughtful deliberations will lead you in the right way to go and I wish you well for the future. Your editing classes seem a good start and I imagine from there you will learn more than edit, make good contacts etc I do hope to still see you about here on WP. Take care, hugs xx ❤️

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Annika. I will surely still be around the blogging world. I’ll stop by in between when I need a break. I always love chatting with you friends. 🙂 ❤

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  6. I’ve been in your shoes, Lori. I have an old journal full of prayers asking God to help me find my purpose. I was writing at the time, but not seriously. God answered my prayers in a bigger way than I ever imagined. Keep searching and praying, Lori. You’ll find your answer.

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  7. I think this is often an ever-changing question. Our purpose can change so many times in a lifetime. Maybe for some folks it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but for many of us it’s always morphing into some other new expression. I always think of my primary purpose is to awaken spiritually, to come home to my deepest truest expression. But how that looks in the physical world is always changing. Enjoyed reading this today, Lori.

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