Your Finest Hour

Quick! What is your purpose?  What do you live for everyday?  Why do you work?  What keeps you going?

Do you have an answer to those questions?

Most people don’t and many of those who can have answers that are incomplete or, oftentimes, meaningless.  The fact is that your purpose should be the cornerstone of everything that you do, it should drive everything from your long term goals right down to the simple things that you do everyday.

This is another key element to the happiness that seems to be so illusive to some.  Just ask the ever wise Helen Keller…

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

She’s spot on, of course.  Think about it…who do you think is happier…the actress obsessed with how she looked in the most recent slew of paparazzi shots, or the missionary bent on making sure that African children have enough to eat and clean water?

The answer is easy, but oddly, we don’t have any television programs to pick the next “lucky missionary to Africa!!”.  So many people want things that most surely will not make them happy.  And many of us who have the sense to know what would make us happy  don’t have the luxury (luxury?) of leaving our lives and our families to go tend to African children.  So what is our purpose here, now?  Whom do we serve and how?

Of course, only you can answer that question.  My point here is to stress the importance of taking the time to answer it.  William James asserts that

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

What purpose drives you that will outlast you?  Whether it is service to your family, your community or the world at large.  What will you do?

Once you have asked yourself this question and come to a conclusion that excites you, work to  align your purpose, goals, vision and values.  When these come together you develop a belief in what is possible that is unparalleled.  You must have synergy to speed up the process.

Know your purpose and live it everyday.

There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission – a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.

Sir Winston Churchill