A recent study showed that people who live with purpose tend to live 15% longer than those who go through their existence in an aimless wander. What that purpose actually is will be different for each person, but that’s the general idea.
Not that having a purpose in and of itself is a good thing. Remember, Hitler had a purpose. Wow. First thing Monday morning and I’m pulling out Adolf. What if my purpose in life is to wander aimlessly? So much for studies.
Step 12: having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
For a while now, my purpose has been to not drink. To stay sober. Which is much better than before, where my purpose was to stay inebriated to life and all its offerings. Does just trying to get through the day qualify as a goal? Not when my checklist consists of character defects. Sure, I was getting things done. All of it in the wrong direction. I could never get out ahead of my obligations to the bottle.
Today I have a daily purpose, one that’s evolving. In the very early stages of my sobriety, the next twenty-four hours was always priority one. And yes, it’s still the first thing I need to remember before I start building, but thankfully there’s room for more now.
My purpose is to honor my spiritual awakening.