Rachel age 5, back row, 3rd from left
Your unique life purpose was revealed to you at a young age.
Think back in time...what were the significant events in your life? How were you different from others? What was your family like?
It's the things that have made you different from others that give you clues as to your ultimate purpose in life.
While we are really all very similar, there are aspects of us that are 100% unique to us. Look at your history and you'll see that there are so many things about you that no one else in the universe shares. That's the great thing...that means that no one else has the same exact life purpose as YOU!
Part of our purpose is to experience the abundance of life. There is enough of everything in the universe to go around to everyone: money, health, happiness....these aren't just reserved for a few special, lucky people. We live in an abundant universe, and the universe wants you to experience the best that life has to offer.
The challenge is that most people don't believe this! And what we believe becomes our reality. You may choose to believe in the potential for a rich life - "rich" meaning an abundance of good things - or you may choose to believe that having what you want is never going to be possible. The choice is yours.
But I'll tell you this: once you have thoroughly examined your set of life experiences, and once you have identified your life purpose and begin acting on it, you will understand why everything you need and want will always be provided for you if you stay on the right path.
It all begins with some travel through time, gently revisiting your past, understanding your roots, and seeing the truth of who you are and why you are here. And the more you live your purpose, the more you will find peace.
-- Rachel Naddor
Abraham Lincoln in contemplation
I've learned something from everyone I've ever met. But here are a few of the historical figures whom I consider to be my heroes:
- Abraham Lincoln - The Dalai Lama
- Dale Carnegie - Henry David Thoreau
- Frédéric Bastiat - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Martin Luther King - Mahatma Gandhi
What makes these men my heroes? Abraham Lincoln suffered from a nervous condition, yet he overcame the inner discomfort consistently to rise above his condition and serve as one of the greatest leaders of all time. Dale Carnegie, the self-improvement master, taught that to conquer fear we must do what we're afraid to do over and over again. Frédéric Bastiat, the French theorist and political economist, understood the cost of pursuing high ideals, and he spoke his mind with every breath in his lungs. Martin Luther King saw only the insides of people, and he wanted his followers to look deeper into those who surrounded them. The Dalai Lama spends hours a day in meditation and contemplation; without taking quiet time to still the mind and examine life, we cannot make real progress. Henry David Thoreau found immense pleasure in a simple life and in the small things, like savoring each morsel of food and just being alone. Ralph Waldo Emerson understood faith: when we trust our Creator, we can rest assured that all is well. And Mahatma Gandhi instilled that we must always "be the change" and lead by our own example. When we practice what we preach, others will see the value in our words.
These are all steps towards peace.
What have you learned from your top 8 heroes? How are you implementing those lessons? When we change our daily actions to reflect the greatest lessons we've learned, we grow into the person we want so desperately to become.