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Having a Mission

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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.
Gandhi

 

Cite: Losing the Weight of the World: A Spiritual Diet to Nourish the Soul by Jonathan Kramer, and Diane Dunaway Kramer

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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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