What would you say is your life’s highest purpose?
That’s what the Sandbox Writing Challenge from last week wants to know. I don’t think my purpose here on this earth is very complicated. I think it’s just to love folks and help them when I can. Not for MY glorification, but for their well being. That’s how we stay connected to others — we were met to live in communities connected with each other. And I believe that by doing so we also stay connected to ourselves and our own souls.
Leo Buscaglia was a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California. It takes someone special, I believe, someone with a tremendous amount of compassion and love to work in Special Education. And how do you TEACH someone that compassion?
Buscaglia was very affected by the suicide of a student at the school and began pondering on human disconnectedness and the meaning of life. Before long he was offering a class called Love 1A and became known as Dr. Love. He wasn’t satisfied with just living. He felt he should be living FOR something. This beautiful quote of his is exactly how I feel about what my purpose is here on earth:
It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.
I could never describe what I feel is my purpose for being here any better than that!