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Thursday Thoughts: Week 16 – Purpose

Thursday Thoughts Purpose The Wandering Asian Couple

This week’s thought is on purpose. Being on this travel journey has made, not only myself, but Ernest as well, realize a lot about what we want in life.

Prior to this journey, I questioned my purpose in life. I knew that I needed a purpose, however I didn’t know what it was. After trying to find meaning, I thought I finally did when I reached my goal of being able to retire early. I felt that the slow travels and the experience of living like locals in unfamiliar places would make me happy. This would bring different experiences, feelings and thoughts; expanding my mind and my understanding of people and their cultures.

Although this experience has expanded my mind, I realized that this was not the purpose I was after.

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

I’ve learned that I was searching for a “grand” meaning, but my meaning was already there. It took being away to see it, but I now know what impact it has made.

Have you ever thought about the meaning of life?


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  • Reply WTK

    Hi Alicia,

    The purpose of my life is to be happy and lead a carefree life. I have no desire to create a difference in being a successful person. I prefer a low-profile and relaxing lifestyle. You may find it to be weird or abnormal.

    I find it to be best suited to my liking.

    My two cents of personal view.

    January 19, 2019 at 12:17 am
    • Reply Alicia

      Thanks, WTK! Everyone’s purpose will be different and that’s why I think your’s is not weird or abnormal. Thanks for sharing.

      January 20, 2019 at 3:27 am

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