How to be Perfectly Purposeful

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Two days into the new year. Did you make New Year’s Resolutions? How are they going?

I wrote last time about How I {Almost} keep my Resolutions and I think that almost is so important. Stressing about perfection gets us no where anyways.

It was only briefly but I did mention that I’m resolving to live more purposefully this next year.

Okay, Okay! I know that sounds totally cliche and a bit hippy-dippy but, hey, I am what I am. 🙂

However nice that sounds, I wanted to be realistic in my understanding of what I was committing to.

How to live purposefully

My lovely Dictionary.com app defines purpose like this: 1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. 2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal. 3. determination; resoluteness.

So, not to put too fine a point on it, living purposefully means that one does life with a pre-determined end result in mind or a particular level of understanding why something is being done.

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Anything and everything can be done purposefully. Let’s take a detour and I’ll explain —

Laundry for example, which by the way I hate, can be done purposefully. And I don’t just mean for the clean clothes part.

How to live purposefully

Clothing, particularly nice clothing is a privileged that is not shared by everyone in the world. Clean(ish) laundry facilities with machines falls into that same classification.

Taking care of my clothing, especially the excess of it, is a privilege.

Further, when I am purposeful in caring for my clothes, it ensures that it will look nice when I put it on. I may not be in the mood for that particular item (hence the pile of clothes discarded on my bed on Sunday mornings) but that is not the items fault. Additionally, a well-cared for garment lasts longer and shows respect to my budget.

Being more purposeful with my laundry means that I am determining not just to be clean but to look presentable and good for myself and for the world around me. I’m also living with an understanding that when I properly care for my clothing I am using my money wisely.

Whew! Can you tell I’m really trying to convince myself to do laundry today? Haha!

If laundry can be done purposefully, how do I live my life perfectly purposefully?

Firstly…

Living purposefully means living thankful. 

There needs to be a determined effort to be thankful for even the most ordinary, dull, or mundane tasks.

How to live purposefully

Is this an easy task? Nope! It’s pretty Herculean, honestly. But it can be done.

When we live thankful for the tasks before us, we can begin to view them as privileges rather than chores.

Comparison is generally viewed in a negative manner but it can be a helpful tool.

For example, I’ve recently had the opportunity to travel to Athens, Greece for an extended period (I’ll talk more about this next week). My time in Athens was not a regular vacation, I worked in several different areas, one of which was with refugees.

I watched people accept bags of food, donated clothing, and sleeping bags.

It’s not for me to judge or look down upon someone less for fortunate than me. But, a small comparison of what I have verses what they have, can spur me on to greater thankfulness. It can encourage me to be happy and content.

Am I always happy with what I have? If I’m honest, no. But to live purposefully, thankfulness is vital.

Secondly…

Living purposefully means setting goals. 

Personally, I’m a fan of small goals that grow and are accomplish-able.

How to live purposefully

What does that look for me? It starts with questions.

What do I want to accomplish with my blog? I want to post consistently and monetize.

How much art do I want to sell? I want to sell one piece a month.

How much time do I want to spend on various activities like writing, blogging, painting, etc? What changes do I want to make to my diet (way of eating not an actual diet)? What things do I want to try this year? The list continues on.

Goals can start small and get bigger as time goes on. New Year’s Resolutions often fail because people don’t stop to set up landmarks to celebrate along the way. Further, most resolutions are ridiculously huge!

Last…

Living purposefully means gaining understanding.

There’s a certain level of understanding that needs to be accepted with we’re going to live purposefully.

How to live purposefully

Laundry, that dreaded beast, has multiple purposes. But so do many other things. It’s easier to accept and understand the various levels in something like laundry but the rest of life isn’t always like that.

We don’t understand why some people seem to succeed faster than others. We don’t understand why some people seems to have it easier than others. Or why we face the challenges and obstacle we do.

What we can understand we should strive to understand.

What we can’t understand, we should accept an understanding of the fact that we can’t always understand.

Whether we understand or not, we should try to make the best of things.

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Can laundry be fun? I don’t really think so but I can make the best of it by expressing my thanks and maybe not waiting to do all of my laundry in one day.

Can I make the best of some of life’s harder moments? This doesn’t mean I have to celebrate the challenges but I can look for silver lining.
If we’re thankful while setting small goals and searching for understanding, we can all live perfectly purposeful.

Okay, so maybe not perfectly but, hey, we’re all still learning! 🙂

How to be Perfectly Purposeful


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