“The purpose of life is a life of purpose”- Robert Byrne.
Anything that is created is created for a certain purpose and that includes us human beings. In view of this statement, Kenneth Thomas Mathye looks at a few questions and statements which can help you check if you are living a purpose-full or purpose – fool life. What is the reason for my existence? Do I really know why I am on this Earth? Am I prepared to find out why I am created? What is my vision for the future? What are my goals and objectives? Are my daily activities helping me to reach my goals and objectives?
Purpose-Full: Your life is a gift to humanity. What you do is of benefit to humans beings in general. An example is a teacher.
Purpose-Fool: Your life is a curse to humanity. What you do brings sorrow and pain to humanity in general. An example is a thief.
Purpose-Full: Your decisions are first hand. You are driving the car you’re driving because you chose to buy it. You are doing the work you are doing because you choose to do it. You are married because you felt that you are ready and found someone you felt was the right person for you.
Purpose-Fool: Your decisions are second hand. You are driving the car you’re driving because your friend or neighbour is driving a similar car or you think yours is better than theirs. You are doing the work you are doing because you were following your friend, brother or sister’s career choice at College or University. You are married because all your friends are married and your family was making a lot of noise for you to get married.
Purpose-Full: You buy what you want and/or need with your money and where you want to buy it. You own your car and house and you are right when you say they are yours.
Purpose-Fool: You buy what you want and/or need with the bank’s money and only buy where you have a credit account. The bank owns your house and car and you are lying when you say they are yours. (Renting to own would be a proper statement).
Purpose-Full: You are saving money for you children’s education while they are still in primary school.
Purpose-Fool: You are not saving any money for your children’s education, but celebrating their birthdays every year and you wish that they may receive a bursary when they pass their grade 12.
Purpose-Full: You are saving money for your retirement. You plan for life after your working years. You are enjoying the benefits of working and you eat healthy.
Purpose-Fool: You have 5 funeral policies and zero investments or savings policies/accounts. You only plan for your death. You are starving yourself because all the money is saved for others to enjoy during your funeral.
“Many people plan for their funerals, but fail to plan for their lives”- John C. Maxwell.
A purpose-full life is planned for and lived for others, while a purpose-fool life is left to chance.