Journey Towards A Life Well Lived

Last week I picked up a book that has been on my bookshelf virtually unread for over 15 years. It’s a book that has reportedly sold over 35 million copies worldwide—A Purpose Driven Life:What On Earth Am I Here For by Rick Warren.

I remember being very excited to read the book when I first got it. It’s title spoke to the very question that still nags at me. Yet I was disappointed that I wasn’t called to get more than a couple of short chapters into it. The language didn’t resonate with me and I was intimidated by it. The book is filled with scriptures from the Bible. While I certainly believe in God, evangelical teachings have always felt foreign to me. Yet as I am experiencing now, there’s much that can be learned from those who speak a different language. I just need to have the strength to stretch out of my comfort zone.

I am going to finish this book this time. Because despite the language barrier, I do resonate with its core message and its guide to how to pursue your purpose.

The Lesson is Available When You’re Ready to Learn

I picked this book up again two weeks before my 61st birthday. I’m feeling like I’ve got to get to living with purpose because time is running low. I don’t want to get to the end of my journey here feeling any regrets.

The reality is that I have a good idea of what I am here on Earth to do. Yet I forever hold myself back. Not giving myself permission to pursue my passion. Not making purposeful activities a priority. Not allowing myself to shine. Holding steadfast to the known.

Yet Pastor Rick Warren has taught me that it’s my obligation to the force that created me to fulfill my purpose. To recognize that the unique talents and characteristics that I was born with were given to me for a reason. I now feel compelled to make my creator proud. To have him/her see the manifestation of what he or she visioned for me.

I figure that it’ never too late to live a life well lived.

What about you?

Britney Spears: What Has She Taught You?


I am constantly looking for the meaning that lies below the surface of an event that has touched my life. I do this because I believe that we are all connected in a divine effort intended to lead us to a higher place. Our connectedness means that we are all in this together. And as much as it may seen difficult to relate, even in all her celebrity mistakes, Britney Spears is a part of our “we”.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to see Britney Spears go up in flames like Anna Nicole Smith. I think we all agree that she needs help. So why don’t we do what we can to help her? And what is that, you might wonder? By consciously thinking about what you have learned from observing her life, and imagine yourself surrounding her with that energy.

Britney has taught me the value of what I sometimes take for granted—my sense of self and my desire for a life with meaning. She’s also shown me that who we were isn’t any indication of who we can become. She’s been an example of how bad choices can ruin the most promising of lives, and that there is always a different choice that can take us around a new corner. While I can’t force these concepts down her throat, I can help her, even if it is just a smidgen of help, by visualizing her understanding what’s she’s taught me. And if enough of us amplify this kind of energy, just maybe she’ll finally get it.