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Part I: What Is Purpose? > What Other Authors Say About Purpose

Chapter 2. What Other Authors Say About Purpose

Many authors have written on the subject of purpose, especially in the past few decades as more people have pursued spiritual growth. Each author brings a unique voice to this common subject. As you read through these quotes, put a check in the box next to the ones that speak loudest to you. What is it about the quote that touches, inspires, or affirms you?

Vocation is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meets.

—Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC

… to feel that what we do is right for ourselves and good for the world at exactly the same time is one of the great triumphs of human existence.

—David Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea

The “midlife” crisis with which the psychotherapists grappled probably reflects the fact that at midlife, one’s own death becomes less theoretical and more probable. Goals of money, security, fame, sex, or power might formerly have given purpose to life. With experience, the limited nature of such satisfactions becomes increasingly evident … the search for meaning becomes increasingly urgent.

—Arthur J. Deikman, The Observing Self

But each incarnation, you might say, has a potentiality, and the mission of life is to live that potentiality. How do you do it? My answer is, “Follow your bliss.” There is something inside you that knows when you are in the center, that knows when you are on the beam or off the beam. And if you get off the beam to earn money, you have lost your life. And if you stay in the center and don’t get any money, you still have your bliss.

—Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

The historic period in which we live is a period of reawakening to a commitment to higher values, a reawakening of individual purpose, and reawakening of the longing to fulfill that purpose in life.

—Robert Fritz, The Path of Least Resistance

My advice is to live your life—allow that wonderful inner intelligence to speak through you… Don’t climb the ladder of success only to find it is leaning against the wrong wall.

—Bernie Siegel, M.D., Love, Medicine and Miracles



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