What's the Purpose
and Week 26 of 40 Weeks of Inspiration
A pencil has a purpose. It exists to help a writer create their story, a student take their exam, a busy mother make her to-do list, an artist unleash their creativity. A pencil actually has many purposes, depending on the hand that holds it.
Every living and non-living thing has a purpose. We don’t always see it or really give thought to it, especially when it’s something as simple as a pencil. The same is true of a camera. It helps parents document their children’s growth, a photographer unearth beauty in new ways, a traveler gain a new perspective on life, a chef display the art of their cooking.
I am guilty of forgetting the purpose of the simple things I have filled my life with, and thus a piece of my own purpose. My cameras hadn’t seen much light in several years. I had forgotten to see them as a way to tap into my creative spirit, to create for the joy of creating. The same is true of my writing, whether with a pen to paper or the keyboard of my computer. These inanimate objects exist to add another layer of living to my life, to add more richness, vibrancy and depth.
Chalk it up to getting older and realizing that I have most likely already lived half of my life, but these days I am feeling things on a deeper, more meaningful level. I am learning to see the purpose in the things that share space in my home and integrate these more regularly into my life. With this comes appreciation and gratitude for all the little things, for the simplicity in everyday objects. A byproduct is experiencing more moments of joy, which don’t have to be grandiose. Simply typing out these thoughts brings a smile to my face and warms my soul. It’s my own personal sunshine.
If you stop for a moment and look around you, what do you see? What purposes in the things that surround you have been buried under hectic schedules, busyness, unimportant tasks? Perhaps there are things that have a layer of dust that if you brought them back into the light of day, would help the light within you shine brighter. Perhaps seeing more clearly the purpose of these things will color your life with more joy, love, gratitude.
REFLECTION: What is something that you have pushed aside that if you brought it back into your life, would add more joy?
40 Weeks of Inspiration: Week 26
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