Purpose: Expression of Gifts Through Your Tribe

Purpose: Expression of Gifts Through Your Tribe

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  • Purpose: Look it up and you will be met with a definition that includes reason, resolve, and intention. It’s #FinLit Friday, and another opportunity for me to share definitions that impact your health and well-being.
    • Traditional Meaning: Google searches books and found that the word purpose has diminished in usage since 1800, but makes a slight resurgence after the year 2000. Interestingly, the word originates in Old French from the word that has become our English word, propose. Purpose is etymologically tied to “proposer.” That provides a useful context for the meanings we know:
      • Reason why as in: The purpose was not clear until she stood up and spoke.
      • Resolve as in: She demonstrated purpose with each step toward the podium.
      • Intention as in: She took the mic and spoke with purpose. Or, She purposed to communicate the point of the meeting.
    • Connotation: You may know the word “purpose” as what drives a life, exposing the word to either of the meanings.
      • My view: Purpose is an expression of your passion and giftedness in the context of collective action. It is an answer to the question, “Why are you here?” delivered with actions more than with words.
      • What you may not have realized is that Purpose requires a community or a tribe.
    • Application to Life:
      • When we understand purpose, we understand the importance of finding your tribe. Without that supportive social context, you may never identify your purpose. You may become aware of your capability and interest, but you will struggle to find its expression absent a tribe through which to confirm your impact.
      • Many of us are stuck because we don’t have the people around us who afford us the freedom to express ourselves. They keep us locked in to fit their needs and whims. We give in because the relationships we know are familiar and safe. We don’t know the unknown, and we may fear freedom as an unknown.
    • Question: What is freedom? That’s our definition for next time. Until then, continue to seek health and well-being. Be grateful. Attract blessings, and mind your business.
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