Everything and everyone has a purpose. I recently saw the movie, Hugo and highly recommend it. It is the story of a young orphan who takes care of and repairs machines. He explains that his purpose is to fix machines. Because when a machine is broken, and cannot do what it was made to do, it is a very sad situation because the machine no longer fulfills its purpose. Do you know what your purpose is? And are you living your purpose? If not, you may be like those machines that are broken. You are not fulfilling your purpose. And that is a very sad thing. If you don’t know what your purpose is, there are many resources that will help you find out. One really great book is The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Or you can take this time at the end of the year and start writing down a few ideas of what your purpose might be. It’s worth the effort to explore this very profound question.
I am on the advisory board for an organization called Safehouse Outreach (www.safehouseoutreach.org). They serve a very real purpose. They help people get back on their feet. Their motto is “a hand out, not a hand up”. They not only meet basic needs of the people they serve, but they provide education and other resources to help these folks become productive members of society. If you are looking for a worthy charity to donate to before the end of the year, please give generously. 90% of their donations go to programs.
I have given them my free mini EI test (developed by a good friend of mine named Dennis Ghyst) as well as a workbook so that they can find out what emotional competencies they need to work on and create development plans to be better.
Every one of these folks has a purpose. Safehouse helps them to find that purpose. I will also be teaching them the 12 steps to great relationships, which will help them with job interviews and with their personal relationships. One of my purposes is to help others and this is especially rewarding because I am also helping people find their purpose.
For more information, check out my book, Relationship Skills for Tough Guys, which goes through these 12 steps to great relationships but also covers the basics of common courtesy. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979925827/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d1_g14_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=19XHB82521S095XBFEMA&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846