Mark Twain quote

Mark Twain passed away in 1910 and has been commonly referred to as, the father of American Literature. He has been credited with many quotes during his life, but one is of special interest to me because it is so very true. He said, “the two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

I was consulting with a man several months back and it became clear to me that the answer he was seeking in life was only going to be realized if he found his why. The term, finding his why, means to find the purpose for his life. He was/is just going through the motions of life. No focus, no calling and no passion. He is in what is referred to as a rut. I recommended a several day escape to a cabin, so he could retool, refuel, pray, reflect and let God reveal to him what his purpose is. He declined my advice and wanted to keep doing what he had been doing. I have no doubt he will be in the same place in his life five years from as he is today.

There are many misconceptions about finding your why. Many people think it must be some magnificent purpose that will change the world. That is incorrect. It could be as simple being the father or mother you should be to your children. Do you think Morrow Graham wanted to be the CEO of the world?  No, her calling and purpose was to be the mother she should be for her son, Billy Graham. How about Nancy Lincoln? Her calling was to be the mother her son needed. His name was Abraham Lincoln.

So, you see, your purpose isn’t always something grand. Many times, it is being the light in world right where you are.  The difference is that you know your why and it is the knowing, that will release you, warms your spirit and gives you the rest and peace you are looking for. KT

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