I received a wonderful massage yesterday and after in our conversation as we closed the session my therapist and friend said to me, “on time, on purpose, with purpose”. I don’t recall what I said first and I didn’t catch what she said at first so I had her repeat it. When she did I thought how fitting, how simple, how true and how profound. For me it requires trust to know that regardless of my time table or whether I am late, early or on time, I am on time. It is also a reminder to live on and with purpose. The Oxford American Dictionary defines purpose as a thing intended, the intention to act, reason for which something is done or made. So the affirmation my friend stated implies that one acts on and with intention, with meaning, with good reason.
To go deeper one really needs to examine what their intentions are and what actions followed. I have been focusing a lot on my intentions and where they originate. As I reflect inward I wonder are they born from a place of honesty, love, integrity and meant for good or were my intentions and actions directed from a selfish, defensive, unloving place? I do my best to answer these questions honestly. It’s not easy and at times it’s humbling.
To move forward, to be the best version of ourselves, we must be willing to take an honest look at all aspects of ourselves. To see what works and to change what doesn’t. To acknowledge when we have hurt another person or ourselves and be willing to make wrongs right. To look at the bigger picture, from all perspectives, and then act with compassion. Again not always easy, but I think worth it. If understanding ourselves and our actions better leads to loving intentions and actions in which we treat everyone with love and respect, what are we waiting for?