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 12 Purposes in Living


To survive – Get the bills paid, put the food on the table, avoid being run over, and you get to live for another day.”

To procreate – Where children are, there is the golden age.

To help and protect – “In whatever way we can, we help and protect.”

To heal – “God has endowed mankind with the wisdom to relieve the suffering of his brother and sister. Our life is more worthwhile when we soothe another’s pain and heal another’s wound.”

To love – “Love take’s one neighbor as one’s self.”

To be part of a community – “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” and “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.”

To be happy – “Life is to be lived to the fullest.” We should be open to what life has to offer and find delight in whatever we can. We should let go and enjoy the drama and the circus around us. When we are happy, we are nourished and fed by our good feelings.

To entertain – We can express our talents in the service of giving others enjoyment. Helping others to enjoy life makes life worthwhile.

To teach – “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” A side benefit is when we teach others, we teach ourselves for we continue to grow and learn when we teach.

To grow – “We are put here to learn and to grow” and “If you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dying.”

To create – “We are the world.” To be creative, we need to create the world as us. The universe becomes created in the individual.

To live a spiritual life – “Make our lives sacred.” If our gift is baking, bake some muffins and take to a senior center. If our gift is being a good parent, think about adopting a child.

When we are living meaningfully and with a sense of mission in life, we have a greater peace of mind. We relax and spirituality comes forward.


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



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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