Have you ever noticed the difference in days that leave you feeling happy and satisfied at the end and days when you go to bed just kind of bleh? I've been thinking lately about some contributing factors - and the one that sticks out to me most is PURPOSE.
This is the thing - if we understand the purpose behind our actions, we will increase our effectiveness and productivity. Inconsequential matters seem to fall by the wayside and we begin focusing on what matters most. When we do not know our purpose, we end up wasting time and effort.
This applies at work, at school, in our relationships with other people, essentially in everything we do. I think it would be a good practice for us to periodically, throughout the day, take a step back and ask ourselves, "Why am I doing this?" And I imagine we would often be surprised a) at our answer b) our lack of an answer.
Understanding our purpose can help us through challenges. (Ex: spending 12390483213472093847 hours looking at spreadsheets/reports the past few days. The better I understand the reason I am doing these reports, the more focused I am and the quicker it gets done :) ) I go to an exercise class every day at lunch and inevitably at the beginning of class the teacher will instruct us to set our "intention" for the next 55-minutes. Which - I mean, sounds kind of hippy dippy. But it always makes me pause and think. "Am I just here to check something off my list today? Am I here to avoid doing work for an hour? Or am I here to get stronger and better myself?"
Understanding our purpose will help us to be the best version of ourselves, and the people that God intends us to be.
President Monson gave a great talk about purpose in the April 1982 Priesthood General Session. In it, he relates how a German warship during WWII, the Bismark, was nearly indestructible until it lost the use of it's rudder, or symbolically, it's ability to have a purpose.
A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, never likely to reach home port. To us comes the signal: chart your course, set your sail, position your rudder, and proceed.
I know that as we better understand our purpose, and the reasons behind our actions, we will become better servants of God. Love you too much! Hope it's a good week :)
2 Nephi 31:13 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ ... then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost ... and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel.
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