Day 3188: What gives you a sense of purpose?

Last night, I asked this question on Twitter:

I related to many of the answers, including people who said their adopted animals gave them a sense of purpose.

Joan, our new cat, has been giving me a new sense of purpose as I purposefully try to prevent her from licking the infected skin on her tummy, while I do whatever I can to bond with her and promote her healing.

Joan’s sense of purpose seems to be to figure out a way to defeat every cone put around her adorable little neck, including the hard plastic cone the vet put on her last weekend at Angell Animal Medical Center.

It took Joan longer to purposefully figure out a way to lick the infected area while wearing that cone, and when I observed her doing that on purpose yesterday, I thought I was going to lose my mind. Luckily, I had purposefully ordered yet another cone online, so yesterday we replaced the Angell cone with this new one, on purpose.

That cone has been serving its purpose so far, and I hope it gives Joan a chance to heal.

Do you see a sense of purpose in my other images for today? I took several of the photos with the purpose of illustrating the concept of ripples — i.e., our actions ripple out into the world, purposefully affecting others in ways we can’t predict.

I put the photo of Joan with her cone and my tweet about National Ice Cream Cone Day together, above, on purpose.

What gives you a sense of purpose?

This is what I find on YouTube when I search for “what gives you a sense of purpose?” on purpose.

I also find “Sense of Purpose” by Third World

… and “Sense of Purpose” by Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders.

What gives you a sense of purpose?

I end each blog post with gratitude on purpose, so thanks to all who help me purposefully create this blog every day, including YOU!

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14 thoughts on “Day 3188: What gives you a sense of purpose?

  1. I aim to keep my ripples well placed and meaningful, Ann.

  2. Restoring one of my buddhas to a headed version rather than headless version as it is since I dropped it!

  3. Recently someone mentioned they’re in treatment right now for the same kind of cancer I had seven years ago, and while I wished there was more I could do I did send them a message offering support and also telling them, “You’ve got this.”
    I don’t think it’s my sole purpose but being able to help others does give me a sense of purpose.

  4. yes, definitely every action, no matter how seemingly small, creates ripples in ways we may not even ever know. my sense of purpose comes from helping people who need someone to help them, and may not even know who or how to ask.

  5. In my situation a ‘sense of purpose’ diversified with time and acquired different meanings within diverse situations. However, this question brings to mind Victor Frankl and ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then imagining that outcome. According to Frankl, the way a prisoner imagined the future affected his longevity. It has to do with survival. A sense of purpose doesn’t necessarily have to do with compassion towards others, but with oneself, feeling productive and useful in a society where depersonalization is usually the norm. A ‘sense of purpose’ is keeping busy, nurturing my interests and needs so that I feel that I’m useful to myself first, and then to others.

    ‘Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.’-Viktor Frankl

    ‘Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.’- Viktor Frankl

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