While meaning most often comes from acts that feel inherently valuable, mission is a goal or a set of goals that is important to us and gives certain acts value that might not otherwise feel valuable. Having a mission that we feel is important provides us with a central focus that makes our lives worthwhile. What we set as our mission comes from what we feel we are meant to do, our reason for being.
Caring out an important goal while using our greatest talents is what we refer to as our calling. Usually our lifelong mission is broken into a series of smaller missions. If helping others live happier, healthier lives is the overriding mission, smaller missions may be getting into and graduating from medical school, followed by getting internships, setting up practice, teaching others, writing books and articles.
By giving meaning to those activities that support our mission, we make our lives meaningful. When we are doing meaningful activities that support an overall mission, we feel great satisfaction that our life is deeply enriched and “nutritious.” Example: Typing may not be meaningful, but when we are typing a paper that is needed to graduate, it becomes meaningful.
My life is my mission.
Cite: Losing the Weight of the World: A Spiritual Diet to Nourish the Soul by Jonathan Kramer, and Diane Dunaway Kramer