I have noticed in today's social media world there are two primary competing voices: one promoting flagrant materialism; and another deeper purpose and meaning. Everytime I go online, I'm bombarded with images of lamborghinis, people holding wads of cash, and enough bling of various sorts to make the queen of England blush. However, there is also a growing number of messages related to the things that have true meaning and healthy spirituality.

I heard Tony Robbins speak last year, and he was discussing his book, Unshakeable, in which he interviewed fifty of the world's wealthiest individuals for financial advice. What struck me most about his talk was he said out of those fifty he believed only four to five were fulfilled.

Where to find true purpose and meaning

Deep down we intuitively know purpose and meaning does not come from the things we own or the status we achieve. Nonetheless, we chase these things like an addict looking for their next fix. We are blindly influenced by the media, advertising, and pop culture. Just when you believe your the exception, you find yourself craving some material item or recognition from a group of people.

Even true principles associated with the 'Law of Attraction' have been hijacked by our narcissism. If you take this approach, you may acquire possessions, but you will end up emotionally and spiritually empty.

If it is true purpose and meaning you seek, in some manner dedicate your life to valuing others and impacting their life in a positive way. You will then truly harness the laws of the universe and attain fulfillment. It requires constant vigilance to remain on this course, but it is worth the effort. Now go make a difference!


John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.

John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance. 

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