Sometimes Your Presence Is Your Purpose
“Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly.” ~ George MacDonald
In a world full of pretenders & opportunists, true friends are the rarest of jewels. There’s no shortage of individuals willing to be there during the high points, but when the storms of life cause you to descend into the valley of despair, many of those same people will act as though they never knew you. I experienced being discarded during the lowest point in my life, so I know how disheartening it can feel. I simply needed their presence, but my problems were an inconvenience, and I was promptly thrown into the wind. It’s a blessing from God to have someone in your life you can fully trust. What greater purpose can you serve than being a kind, supportive, and understanding presence to your loved ones?
“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” ~ Epictetus
Sometimes your presence is your purpose. You don’t have to perform grandiose actions to serve a purpose in someone else’s life. In most cases, an encouraging word is enough to breathe life into the soul of another. Sometimes just being there is enough, even if you’re not sure what to say in the moment. We all have struggles. The fact you’re pushing forward despite what you’re going through possesses the power to motivate others to do the same. Motivational speeches can be uplifting, but there’s nothing like seeing someone practice what they preach. It’s not always what you say, but what you do as well.
“The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
We’ve all heard a variation of the expression stating that the past is history & the future is a mystery…and that all we have is now. What we do in the present moment is all there is. No matter how many times you replay it in your mind, you can’t change the past. This basic truth is still powerless when regret won’t allow you to be at peace. When facing this dilemma, the presence of a trusted friend can play a major role in the healing process. When a friend’s thoughts of the past begin to spiral out of control, be the voice of reason to bring them back to the present moment. Encourage them to enhance their future by focusing on the present.
“If I’m remembered for having done a few good things, and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that’s plenty.”
~ Sidney Poitier
What do you want your legacy to be? This question should play a role in your decision making as you maneuver through this life. The compass of your life should be influenced by how you want to be remembered. You don’t have to perform on a major platform to live a purposeful life. And your purpose for living isn’t singular in nature. You will serve multiple purposes as you transition from season to season. Whether you’re required to perform on a monumental scale, or to simply provide an encouraging word, your presence in the moment will always be your purpose. It only takes a small act of kindness to change the world. You never know who you’re affecting. When you make the effort to leave people better than you found them, your legacy will forever be solidified.
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