Do You Have Purpose?
My family recently watched the movie, Unbreakable. It’s a story of a mild-mannered security guard, David Dunn, played by Bruce Willis, discovering his purpose as a super human. The beginning of the movie shows David living an unhappy existence. He’s estranged from his wife, contemplates moving out and abandoning his family, and even attempts to approach another married woman for a possible affair. Essentially, he’s lost in his own world.
David discovers that he’s invincible after he survives a train crash, where he’s the only survivor. Through the guidance of another character, Mr. Glass, played by Samuel L. Jackson, David discovers his purpose of protecting everyday people in his hometown of Philadelphia. Once David discovers his purpose, his life takes on meaning and he begins to heal and repair the relationships around him. He found purpose, which in turn gave him hope and a reason to prosper.
At one point in the movie, David admits that he wakes up every day with a dark cloud hanging over him and a sense of sadness deep within his soul. Once he discovers his purpose, Mr. Glass asks him if the darkness is gone. David responds with a nod; the darkness is gone. Mr. Glass then asks, “Do you know what the scariest thing in the world is?” Then he answers his own question, “To not know your place in this world, to not know why you’re here. That’s just an awful feeling.”
It can be extremely frustrating and depressing to not have purpose in life, to not have a reason to wake up. I witness it every day, I spot people that are drifting through life without purpose or meaning. I see the blank stares in their eyes and can sense their sadness. I watch others overact and respond with anger around every turn, because they are frustrated with their lives. I recently complained to my eleven-year-old son, Adrian, that he was walking too fast, at which he responded, “Keep up Dad, I’m moving with a purpose!” A profound statement for such a young spirit.
What’s the answer? How do we find purpose? It’s not an easy answer, and I’m not sure there’s a formula to help discover a purpose. The only answer is to never give up. Never stop fighting or searching for purpose. Try new things, look for opportunity, and be willing to grow. Read, associate with good people, travel, ask questions, but never stop growing.
I’ve read and heard a lot about Millennials the past few years. I’ve read that they are soft, high-maintenance, cry-babies, and are ruining the workplace. I’ve also read that they’re changing the landscape of technology and information, but the one thing I’ve picked up and admire about Millennials is that they never settle on a job situation. With Millennials, gone are the days where one works for the same company for 30 years and retires quietly into the golden years. Nope, Millennials will switch jobs and even careers up to ten times throughout a work life. On this, I believe Millennials have it right. They never stop searching and growing, they strive for purpose.
It’s rare to find a human being working with purpose, but it’s a pleasure to witness. I love experiencing this person. They’re energized, creative, and peaceful. I always pause and admire that person. I strive to be that person, because I know the power in purpose and I yearn to live with purpose, and because of that, I will never give up. How about you?