Richard Leider, a sage, has a mission of helping everyone find their purpose in life. In fact, he says the critical question to ask of ourselves is this: Why should I get up in the morning?
Leider points out a recent article in Business Week that people who have a purpose in life tend to live longer. If you think of the opposite, it does not sound appealing to not have a purpose and live longer. In fact, Rabbi Reb Zalman describes a life with no purpose as "dying longer."
"It can be anything–from wanting to accomplish a goal in life, to achieving something in a volunteer organization, to as little as reading a series of book," said study author Dr. Patricia Boyle.
The conclusion seems to be that when people lose their sense of purpose, their health declines.
What is your purpose? Why do you get up in the morning?
For me, I want to learn as much as I can about becoming a sage to share that with my family and friends–to become a better mother, wife, teacher, friend, and person. This sounds like a never-ending journey that will keep me busy for the rest of my life.
Jann's Note: Purpose is the foundation of living life with passion.