Thursday, February 11, 2010

Finding Your Purpose



For those of you who don't want to listen to me wax poetic about finding your purpose in life in the 8 paragraphs below, click HERE to see what I tried to explain, all summed up in one great short video about an amazing dog and her amazing purpose in life!   Don't forget to turn up your speakers!   And for those of you who like listening to me ramble, read on and there will be a second link at the bottom!

Finding your purpose in life is not always easy. For some it seems obvious almost from birth.  Many artists, athletes, or even engineers know from an early age just what their calling is and follow it to that end with amazing results.

I'm not one of those people who magically knew what career path to follow. I like so many different things and can see myself (even at the age of 46) doing a myriad of things that I can't seem to pin myself down to just one career.

I do know my purpose in life however, and I have since the day our daughter was born over 22 years ago. It was to be a mom.  I was born a caregiver.   It's a roll I've played throughout my life even before I was a mother. I helped care for my ailing grandmother who moved in with us shortly after my grandfather passed away when I was in the 8th grade.

Now I'm not the person that clamors to hold every newborn I see and I never was. In fact, for much of my life I swore I wasn't even going to have children and then I met Mr. Tide, and well the rest of the story is history so to speak.

I think we all have a purpose in life. I just think that sometimes we don't always find it. Maybe it's because we're afraid, or that circumstances get in the way, but it's there, deep down waiting to reveal itself.

I think as a parent we often times forget that regardless of how much influence we have over our children sometimes they have to find their own purpose in life, even when it means choosing a path we may not understand or are frightened to see them take i.e. our son's desire to protect and serve or our daughter's need to live abroad.

I was doing my usual blog surfing a few weeks ago when I went to the blog of a renowned English Shepherd breeder named Lynda McCall, our Mr. Quinn is a descendant of one of her dogs. Her blog, entitled My Life with Dogs is always full of great doggie info and I always enjoy visiting it. So when I came across her post called Life Lesson #1, I was intrigued and followed the link she posted to a video.

This video was so inspiring that I just had to share it with you all.  It is about how each of us do have a purpose in life.  A special gift, something that we are destined to be or do.  And although others may not see it or even support it at first, in the end it will come shining through.  And that when we're doing the thing we were meant to do, there is no greater gift we can bestow upon this earth.

I'm not one to post videos on here but trust me when I say this one is worth watching!!!  Click HERE to watch this short but amazing video, turn up your speakers, (it can't be embedded unfortunately but I promise it's worth the extra click!) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   Maybe, just maybe, it will inspire you to either find your own purpose regardless of what others may think you should be doing with your life, or that it will help inspire you to support someone you know and love on their journey towards finding their own purpose in life!   

And to learn more about Ricochet and how you can help her help others, click HERE.

The above linked video has been approved by Mr. Quinn and Miss Kylee.


Happy Friday!

Since this is one of my favorite videos, I thought it was perfect for linking up to Sunday Favorites over at Chari's wonderful blog Happy To Design.

8 comments:

  1. Great video! Such a parable for people... stop looking at what you aren't and celebrate what you are!

    A good friend is the lead trainer for one of the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). Got to visit their training facility. Fantastic!

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  2. Awwww that was a tear jerker too. Made me miss my sweet rotty that we lost in March 2008 at age 14. Great post Kat. ~Lili

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  3. That reminds me... I found one of those word art things you put up on your wall about 'purpose'. It's going in our living room.

    "The purpose of life is a life of purpose."

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  4. sniffle...sniffle...please pass a tissue. That video sends such a powerful message. Thanks for sharing. Just Be.

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  5. That video is amazing.

    I find the whole process of companion animals and their training and abilities absolutely fascinating. I kept wanting them to go back and show more of the training...

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  6. my "Life purpose" all figured out a long time ago. Guess what? I didn't have a clue! I never got that whole "want to have a child" feeling. NEVER. It just never kicked in for me. Well, two years ago, my whole reality went Kaboom! LOL

    A littl baby girl entered my life. She is my grand daughter. She came to us at 7 weeks old and we have raised her since (selfish parents have not been in the picture since she came here).

    Without going into too much, God opened up a huge hidden space in my heart and awakened me to my true purpose in life! I would never had thought at this time in my life (I'm 46 years old as well) that this was my purpose. But without a shadow of doubt, I KNOW it is.

    Wow, I think you opened up a subject very near my heart and I just rambled on. Sorry about that! :)

    have a wonderful day!

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  7. Hello my friend...

    Ohhhh...pass the Kleenex!!! My friend, what a sweet and precious video! I really just stand in awe of these sweet four legged furbabies and their trainers!!! It's amazing!!! This video sure tugged on my heartstrings...thank you so much for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites...this was sooo endearing!!! The message of "Life Purpose" is so beautifully spoken through this! I fully believe that we were each created and gifted to do something specific with our lives! It's so sad to see people who just "flounder" or "never real get it"! On the other hand, what a blessing it is to see those who KNOW! We stand in awe...and yet their "gifting" just comes as second nature to them! Well my friend, this was a fabulous message...very thought provoking and I loved, loved, LOVED the video!!! Thank you again for sharing it with us today!!!

    Have a super Sunday!
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  8. Oh my goodness...such a tear jerker! I love this video, I'm such a dog lover anyway and what a great service this special dog is accomplishing!

    Great post!

    Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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