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  1. Love Abundantly

    Knowing that I can start where I am is the first step in me starting. I am aware! I believe even with an unknown path that I can create. God has given me the scriptures. I have relatively good thinking abilities as well. I am being intentional and while I have strength I am building and seeking support so that in my moments of weakness my support system will aid in strengthening me.

    9 months ago
  2. Javier Visionquest

    Why don’t purpose ever call?

    9 months ago
    1. Cathie

      LOL – good question:)

      9 months ago
  3. Maeve

    Today; starting where I am. My first official day of school break. My purpose: to enjoy the sun. Take a walk in the early morning.
    Spend time with my friend in her assisted living facility. Walk some more. Love the day and my freedom from work obligations this week. Take time to enjoy what and who is around me.

    9 months ago
  4. Ed Schulte

    any attitude which contains ….

    God of Life Love and mercy, enlighten our minds so that we may understand you as the truth. Purify our hearts to reflect your Love towards you and towards all our fellow human beings.

    Bless our steps so that we can follow you.

    9 months ago
  5. Mary Pat

    By remembering that daily things have a purpose as well, and to sit down and take a look at what I want to keep in my life, and what I want to leave by the path that is no longer needed. And the only way I can do that is to spend time with what I call my soul…..

    9 months ago
    1. Ed Schulte

      Yes, out with the old, In with the True.

      9 months ago
    2. Malag

      This is pretty much it for me, Mary Pat. Thank you.

      9 months ago
  6. mam_gigi

    I have to simply quite my mind and prioritize. I have so many ideas about what I want to do to help others and make progress toward goals, but I get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of my mental to-do list. So I need to take a step back and think about what I can achieve right now and what simple steps I could take one at a time towards my list.

    9 months ago
  7. Don Jones

    My sense is it is about awareness – specifically raising it. Looking critically at tightly woven assumptions in the fabric of the community and look for the “why”. For example, why is heath a for-profit industry? Why is it OK to be rich or even worse, held out to be a picture of success? Time to awaken…

    9 months ago
  8. Hermann-Josef

    Once I know the purpose, inhale ,exhale, go… checking the tools which I have, if I need help, I will ask for it. After a wile have a pause to see if some correction is needed. It is like painting on canvas. First some gross lines, that are giving structure, then going more and more in to detail. Leave it for a wile, then look at it, making corrections , going on. Please excuse my weak English

    9 months ago
    1. sparrow

      Your English is fine,
      dear Hermann-Josef . . .
      I’m lucky if I can come up with a small handful of German words . . .
      I love your analogy to painting a picture . . .

      9 months ago
  9. Hot Sauce

    Where I am right now, I have gained quite a bit of wisdom over the past 12.5 years on my spiritual journey. As such, I can remember that, even when I feel uncertain about deep questions, the knowledge I have already obtained can be very helpful in my future ministry as a Unitarian Universalist minister.

    9 months ago
  10. Carol

    This question reminds me of a true story. I was in Newark NJ many years ago visiting a friend and I wanted to see a Broadway show but found it intimidating to take a bus into New York City, find my way to Broadway and the theatre so she very graciously took time off from work so she could take me on my Broadway adventure. When we arrived at the extremely busy bus station in Manhattan, we saw an elderly couple (in their 80s) getting off a bus from Queens. They were both very nervous and seemed overwhelmed and so my friend asked them if she could help them. They explained that they were in Queens visiting their son and he had planned to bring them to New York to see the musical “Forty Second Street.” but he had unexpectedly been called into work that day so insisted they go to the show without him. He put them on the bus to Manhattan and gave them directions to the theatre district which was nearby. When they gave us that information, we told them we were headed to Broadway to see a show and we would help them find their theatre. We also offered to stop by their theatre after the matinees let out as all of the plays last about the same amount of time. They declined our offer saying they could make it back to the bus station. After our show, we were returning to the bus station and saw them a short distance in front of us. As we entered the station, they were on the escalator and the gentleman was shaking violently. I was afraid he was going to fall down the steps. I said to my friend, “Maybe they should have stayed in Queens.” She didn’t skip a beat. She looked at me in disbelief and said, “And miss the show??” I’ve never forgotten that incident, especially since I struggle with anxiety. I’ve missed a lot of opportunities in my life due to psychological fear but not so much any more. Even if I’m shaking in your boots, I don’t want to miss the show. I pray each morning to go with the flow and to learn from what presents itself. I find life trustworthy and do my best to be of service each day. Kindness and compassion provide all the purpose I need.

    9 months ago
    1. L
      Lauryn

      I’ve been to this bus station many times, so I could picture this scene perfectly.

      9 months ago
  11. Antoinette

    I can try my best each day with whatever is- and as for a calling ? Right now I’m surrendering.

    9 months ago
  12. Holly in Ohio

    Time to start seeds indoors. (peppers and tomatoes and herbs)

    I try to start “seeds” with my family, too. (reducing planet footprint, compassion for strangers, etc.) I don’t seem to have as much success with that, Lol! I’m better at growing vegetables!

    9 months ago
    1. Cathie

      Well, don’t be so sure – sometimes the “seeds” just need time and the right starter:) My hubby pulled up his garden last year as it didn’t produce well, and low and behold, one chocolate tomato plant popped back up THIS YEAR in a fallow garden, and it produced a lovely yield! We were in awe and just giggled at the timing of that growth! These tomato plants are not perennials, but there it was:)
      I believe the same of people, the seeds that seem dormant in lives can spring to life at times unknown.

      9 months ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Thank you for reminding me that seeds sometimes lay dormant for years! 😄🌱

        We grow tomato plants as annuals when we are gardening or farming, but they are actually cold-sensitive perennials. They are native to Mexico, where in natural conditions they can grow for years in the same spot. I’m so glad you had a chocolate tomato plant “volunteer.” Those are one of my favorites… yum! I hope this year you try again. 🤗

        Perhaps some of the many seeds I’ve tossed into the soil, hoping, will one day decide to come up!

        9 months ago
    2. Howie Geib

      planting seeds…a step in the process towards a living vibrant plant…and that process is dependent on so many forces outside our control…and yet you, dear Holly, take the initiative to plant it, water it, nurture it as you can. Thanks for this reminder of the collaborative nature of it all.

      9 months ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        “Collaborative.” 😊 You are so right! thank you for your insight… er… collaboration of thoughts!

        9 months ago
  13. Charlie T

    By starting my day with reflection and gratitude. By continuing my routine, I am better able to reach out and connect with people, but it requires attention and energy that I have to nurture. Also, by not making excuses and being honest with myself and others. I’m not sure about a calling or purpose, as most of the time I’m just moving forward and wondering what this whole thing is about.

    9 months ago
  14. Laura

    I try each day to be a compassionate human being, using kindness, patience and empathy.

    9 months ago
  15. Elle

    Be brave enough to believe in what I have to ‘add to the conversation’- in whichever way I choose to express it. Be brave and see ‘where’, what I want to contribute to the world would live…..outside of me. Let go & know I’m worth believing in myself.

    9 months ago
  16. Cathie

    I start where I am with my purpose – Now I Begin Again – by renewing each day, my “YES” to my purpose/vocation in life as wife, mother and grandmother. The decision to be married was a decision to a purpose and vocation in life. It requires I use what gifts I have been given. And within my main vocation/purpose, there are echos of callings that I can answer such as helping to reduce our carbon footprint, helping the homeless, or those seeking, or families who need assistance, etc.

    9 months ago
  17. Maurice Frank

    I am living through this right now, a calling, and many obstacles. I am learning all I can to prepare, that is what I can do now.

    9 months ago
  18. Patricia

    I’m using my life energy to be there for and help my family, and to contribute to my church and community…

    9 months ago
  19. devy

    What I have is a frame of mind to keep a relative calm mind in spite of whats happening around me. By doing so and showing love and compassion to others perhaps they will feel what I feel or do and feel the same

    9 months ago
  20. Howie Geib

    Sometimes the most abundant resource I have is my lostness. And strangely it seems to provide a certain strength or even, maybe, a conduit to power. Not a power to acquire as my own, but a power to bring to others. I have no idea what that even means, except that all I ever ‘have’ is where I am.

    9 months ago
    1. Carol

      Howie, sounds like empowerment and that’s a good thing!

      9 months ago
    2. Mica

      Thanks, Howie – I’ll try to remember that my lostness is also a resource 🙂

      9 months ago
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    Lee Anne

    I can start where I am, as I do each day, for I am on a life journey. What I have ‘to use’ may vary at times. I believe my purpose is to use what is given to me in ways that help me be a better human being. That’s the best I can do for I find this question obtuse. 🙄

    9 months ago
    1. Antoinette

      Lee Ann ! I agree! Thanks for saying ! 😃

      9 months ago
  22. Kevin

    As a person who has been “called” to ministry at several key times during my life, I approach the word “calling” with particular attention. If it is something that I just want to do, I just do it, period.

    If, on the other hand, I am sensing a spiritual calling is rising within me, that’s another matter altogether and is not easily ignored (believe me, I have tried!). Fortunately, in my tradition as a Quaker, or Friend, as we are known, we have a time-tested process for holding spiritual callings, or “leadings,” which I feel can be of use to anyone exploring serious callings. Steps that can help are:
    > Take it to prayer.
    > Give it time.
    > Is the calling a want, or desire mainly? If so, have at it!
    > If Spirit/God is calling, pray longer.
    > Pray for clarity. Get support. Be accountable.
    > Spiritual callings are given, not possessed, and are not “mine” to own.
    > Spiritual callings are a blessing, and a burden.
    > Keep praying.

    9 months ago
  23. Michele

    I try to use my knowledge, tools, and even National Days to spread awareness of anything tissue bank or lab related (my career purpose). My family purpose I try to always let my loved ones know how much I love and care about them. I start with gratefulness each and every morning.

    9 months ago
  24. EJP

    Let go of the past, listen to my heart and move forward…one step at a time.

    9 months ago
  25. Christine

    What a question. I had to read it three times, and then I still find it difficult. I just think out loud and write what I think.
    Is there a purpose calling me?
    I just want to live lovingly and meaningfully.
    What do I have to use?
    A heart.
    How can I get started?
    I’ll continue with what I was already trying to do.❤

    9 months ago
    1. Laura

      Yes, yes and yes! Well said, Christine.

      9 months ago

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