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Quotes About Life Purpose

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“The most important thing in life is knowing the most important things in life.”
David F. Jakielo

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Robin Lee Hatcher
“God makes each one of us for the time into which we are born. He creates us for a purpose. Our job is to know Him well, discover what He created us to do, and then do it for all we're worth for the rest of our lives. Ask God to show you your purpose. He will answer.”
Robin Lee Hatcher, Fit to Be Tied

Donald Van de Mark
“Your life is a trajectory. Every choice you make alters that trajectory, in a positive or negative way. Will you categorize that dinner with friends as a business expense? Will you be honest with your daughter? Will you take more credit than you’re due? These are just the small questions that we face every day, and little by little, the answers influence the trajectory of our lives and beings.”
Donald Van de Mark

Shannon L. Alder
“Top 10 Deathbed Regrets:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life other people expected of me.

2. I wish I took time to be with my children more when they were growing up.

3. I wish I had the courage to express my feelings, without the fear of being rejected or unpopular.

4. I wish I would have stayed in touch with friends and family.

5. I wish I would have forgiven someone when I had the chance.

6. I wish I would have told the people I loved the most how important they are to me.

7. I wish I would have had more confidence and tried more things, instead of being afraid of looking like a fool.

8. I wish I would have done more to make an impact in this world.

9. I wish I would have experienced more, instead of settling for a boring life filled with routine, mediocrity and apathy.

10. I wish I would have pursued my talents and gifts.

(contributed by Shannon L. Alder, author and therapist that has 17 years of experience working with hospice patients)”
Shannon L. Alder

Dale Wasserman
“I come in a world of iron...to make a world of gold”
Dale Wasserman, Man of La Mancha

Besa Kosova
“There comes a moment in life when you say to yourself – enough. This is ENOUGH! Then – you take a walk with your destiny. To change. To fulfill your purpose. We all have it. But are you willing to take that first step?”
Besa Kosova

Viktor E. Frankl
“As the struggle for survival has subsided, the question has emerged: survival for what? Ever more people have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.”
Viktor E. Frankl

Mark Fiore
“I'd rather be single, happy, and lonely sometimes than married, lonely, and happy sometimes.”
Mark Fiore, You Are Loved . . . an email memoir

Yogi Berra
“If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up someplace else.”
Yogi Berra

Shannon L. Alder
“I never wanted to be a God fearing person. I wanted to grow up and be a person that was fearless for God. There was a difference.”
Shannon L. Alder

“Work may be your dominant thought, and joy an afterthought. But joy is your true purpose, and work the afterthought.”
Alan Cohen

Shannon L. Alder
“People are going to come into your life, and God is going to use them to help you. To them you’re insignificant and don’t matter. They are not going to understand you, or even see the point of why God had you hang in there with them for so long. Remember this: Sometimes meeting someone has nothing to do with what you can provide for him or her and everything to do with what God needs you to recognize in that person. If you didn’t understand the message, God will keep sending the same person or situation into your life.”
Shannon L. Alder

Shannon L. Alder
“I write to find strength.
I write to become the person that hides inside me.
I write to light the way through the darkness for others.
I write to be seen and heard.
I write to be near those I love.
I write by accident, promptings, purposefully and anywhere there is paper.
I write because my heart speaks a different language that someone needs to hear.
I write past the embarrassment of exposure.
I write because hypocrisy doesn’t need answers, rather it needs questions to heal.
I write myself out of nightmares.
I write because I am nostalgic, romantic and demand happy endings.
I write to remember.
I write knowing conversations don’t always take place.
I write because speaking can’t be reread.
I write to sooth a mind that races.
I write because you can play on the page like a child left alone in the sand.
I write because my emotions belong to the moon; high tide, low tide.
I write knowing I will fall on my words, but no one will say it was for very long.
I write because I want to paint the world the way I see love should be.
I write to provide a legacy.
I write to make sense out of senselessness.
I write knowing I will be killed by my own words, stabbed by critics, crucified by both misunderstanding and understanding.
I write for the haters, the lovers, the lonely, the brokenhearted and the dreamers.
I write because one day someone will tell me that my emotions were not a waste of time.
I write because God loves stories.
I write because one day I will be gone, but what I believed and felt will live on.”
Shannon L. Alder

Shannon L. Alder
“Truth changes with the season of our emotions. It is the shadow that moves with the phases of our inner sun. When the nights falls, only our perception can guess where it hides in the dark. Within every solar system of the soul lies a plan of what truth is--- the design God has created, in our own unique story. This is as varying as the constellations, and as turning as the tide. It is not one truth we live to, but many. If we ever hope to determine if there is such a thing as truth, apart from cultural and personal preferences, we must acknowledge that we are then aiming to discover something greater than ourselves, something that transcends culture and individual inclinations. Some say that we must look beyond ourselves and outside of ourselves. However, we don’t need to look farther than what is already in each other. If there was any great plan from a higher power it is a simplistic, repetitious theme found in all religions; the basic core importance to unity comes from shared theological and humanistic virtues. Beyond the synagogue, mosques, temples, churches, missionary work, church positions and religious rituals comes a simple “message of truth” found in all of us, that binds theology---holistic virtues combined with purpose is the foundation of spiritual evolution. The diversity among us all is not divided truth, but the opportunity for unity through these shared values. Truth is the framework and roadmap of positive virtues. It unifies diversity when we choose to see it and use it. It is simple message often lost among the rituals, cultural traditions and socializing that goes on behind the chapel doors of any religion or spiritual theology. As we fight among ourselves about what religion, culture or race is right, we often lose site of the simple message any great orator has whispered through time----a simplistic story explaining the importance of virtues, which magically reemphasizes the importance of loving one another through service.”
Shannon L. Alder

Shannon L. Alder
“Awards and recognition are not the purpose of life and not the goal of an activist. The heart of an activist usually redonates the money, or uses the accolades as a foot in the door for more activism and awareness. A plack on the wall won’t change the world; it only shows your devotion.”
Shannon L. Alder

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Your job is to do your job with all your heart to the best of your ability. Life will go it’s own merry way at it’s own pace. But if you do then you – and life – will be the richer for you being here.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“All pursuits are pointless and fruitless unless and until love and compassion are found and then are the foundation and destination of all you do”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

“The fire of purpose easily melts the icicles of obstacles.”
Alan Cohen

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Our abilities and possibilities are at one and the same time very limited and quite infinite dependent on the depth of our relationship to our 'self', others and life itself.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

Jeanne McElvaney
“When you're scared, invite your spirit out of hiding.
Wear pointed shoes with build in sass > Let your wings take you where your heart trembles > Wave the want that remembers your magic > Bring your green umbrella without apologies.”
Jeanne McElvaney, Old Maggie's Spirit Whispers

Jeanne McElvaney
“To know the outcome of a desire means you are relying on what you already know. True change comes in colors you've never imagined. Expect serendipity and surprises ~”
Jeanne McElvaney, Old Maggie's Spirit Whispers

“To Graduate from the "School of Life" you need to have met the following criteria: Found your life purpose, know how the egoic mind operates, detached yourself from the egoic mind, lived in essence, been in essence in relationships, overcame duality, trusted life, became awake, reprogrammed beliefs, handled anger, forgiven everyone, loved yourself, dealt with fears, overcome anger you had with God/you, cleared your emotional complexes & negativity, let go of the past, dealt with difficult relationships and mastered loving all creations of the universe.”
Marina G. Roussou

Shannon L. Alder
“The fight between stay-at-home moms and working women has become stale, in my opinion. It is a bickering fight of insecurity, which has waged its war too long. Let us try to agree on this: Some women are called to work. I applaud the women that have made history. They went beyond motherhood to make a difference in their society. Let us not forget the women that invented, served in the military, found cures for diseases, fought for women’s rights, started nonprofit organizations, served in government positions, and so forth. God appointed them with that life mission to complete. This was not luck, or extra bonuses from God, outside of homemaking. They were blessed with talents and passion, which they pursued for the good of others. However, let us not forget the mothers through time, who chose no vocation outside of the home. They made their life purpose raising activists, inspirational speakers, presidents, kings, doctors, inventors, and so forth. Both types of women are equal in this world; both serve the purpose they are called to do. It is stupidity to suggest that only retired women or single women should have a life purpose outside of the home. In addition, it is irresponsible to push young girls to seek a husband, just after finishing high school, as their first priority in life. We live in a world of divorce. Having a skill or a degree is crucial for today’s woman. However, it is also stupid to suggest that building the next generation is not a worthy life mission for some women. It is cruel to say that being a stay-at-home mom is wasted time; it is not. A woman that is raising warriors, whom will grow up to change the world with kindness, love, integrity and service, is a noble life purpose worth enjoying. Therefore, I believe the world needs both of us—working women and stay-at-home moms. In the end, it is not a man’s mind that our gender needs to change, in regards to a woman’s role in life. Strong women filled with faith, confidence and passion will decide their own fate, based on the talents they have been blessed with, and the promptings they get from God.”
Shannon L. Alder

Joy Williams
“The writer doesn’t write for the reader. He doesn’t write for himself, either. He writes to serve…something. Somethingness. The somethingness that is sheltered by the wings of nothingness — those exquisite, enveloping, protecting wings.”
Joy Williams

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