I wish you a Merry Christmas. In this season of Love, let’s give our love and kindness to all living beings with the intention of adding value to the process of life.
As I write this blog post, the first instalment of phase 3 of this series, on Christmas day, I feel it is appropriate to explore how we find purpose at Christmas. We explored the notion of purpose from various viewpoints in the first phase (ten blog posts) and then we attempted to understand the process of purposeful living in the second phase (eleven blog posts) of this series. We now step in to the third phase of purposeful living that deals with practical aspects of living a purposeful life.
While a lot of effort goes in to dressing up for Christmas, in terms of our homes, our clothes, our social media pages and our websites, it would be appropriate to find out the purpose, reason or intention behind this dressing up? I believe purposeful living is being joyous, learning from our struggles, living with noble values and being of service to our world.
Perhaps the external dressing up can contribute to our joy to some extent if it is done within our means, in a manner that it does not make others feel deprived and in a manner, it does not harm our spiritual, emotional, intellectual, relational, physical, financial, ecological and social aspects of life. Another, perhaps more important aspect is the inner peace and joy we gain through prayer, mediation, giving and kindness to all living beings. While being of service to life, we may struggle, especially when we give from what is required to fulfil our basic needs, result in discomfort. But the joy derived from this is of another kind.
Perhaps this is the bigger reason behind Christmas. Finding a glimpse of our purpose or finding more clarity through real joy, struggles, sacrifice and being of service.
I will dedicate this new phase of this series on ‘purposefulness’ to address living issues and struggles related to purposeful living.
Wish you love, happiness and success through purposeful living this Christmas season.