Here’s a story that offers an insight on how to find your purpose. Your job is to ask, “What’s this got to do with me?”
Back in the turn of the 16th century, a child was walking home from a neighbors house in a small village where the church bells were ringing as they did every day at 3:00 pm. He lived near the church and it always felt comforting to hear the ringing because it let him know that he was headed in the right direction when on his way home.
Suddenly the child was grabbed by a tribe of thieves who believed they could get a nice price for him in another village a hundred miles down the road. Unfortunately, they sold the boy and moved on without being caught for what they’d done.
Every day at 3:00 pm the child would reminisce about the ringing he’d hear in his hometown village. He’d cry and pine. After a few years, he forgot about the bells. He forgot about his past. Twenty years later, when he was a strong, young man, he left his home to wander the countryside. He felt a restless urge to find something of which he knew not. After two weeks of wandering he heard bells ringing. His heart beat joyfully as he ran to see from where they came. He was home, really home, once again!
What bell rings inside of you? What faint dream of success do you still carry? What is it that you are here to do that would make you feel like you’d found your real reason for being? What would have you feel like you’d finally arrived home?
Great questions. Are your ears ringing?