I am often drawn to quotes like this one. When something starts with “the purpose of life is….”, I can’t help but be curious about what follows.
I believe Mr Emerson is right on here. I don’t believe life should be void of happiness, but often when i feel as if my life is having purpose, I wouldn’t say that happiness fills my soul.
But the next part of this quote is loaded with invitation. If it isn’t to be happy, “….it is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
I want to carry this with me….
to be useful
to be honorable
to be compassionate
to have it make a difference
to live and live well…..
I know I have spaces every day to carry this out….
It is a choice and often will require more energy than the simple pursuit of happiness…..
It is my hope, prayer and bold intention to live a life with purpose.
Will you join me?
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