Sunday, March 24, 2013

Oprah's Lifeclass: What on Earth Am I here For?

In a discussion with Oprah, one of my favorite Spiritual teachers, Rick Warren gave an insight to one of the most important questions of existence: What on earth am I here for? 

As a motivational speaker and writer, Rick Warren has inspired millions of people through his book 'The Purpose Driven Life' which is my all-time favorite. 

Yes, we tend to find an answer to this thought-provoking question, what on earth am I here for? Here are my insights on the topic. 

1.  According to Rick Warren, everybody lives at one of the three levels in life, the first level is survival--where people are putting in their time, waiting for the weekend, and just going through the motions. Would you consider yourself at the survival level? If so, why? 

I've been through this level in life. I was not certain about the path I'm taking and the future that lies ahead. I have missed productive days and I was contented with what's there at the moment. Day after day, I felt incomplete and empty deep inside. This was just a recent past; now things have changed and I have taken the vows of a more productive life and a life of purpose. 

2. What would it take for you to be more fulfilled in your life?

I follow my goals and do things as planned not just to become happy, but to achieve a sense of fulfillment. It is a strong positive emotion and always lasting. Happiness is just temporary while fulfillment is something that leaves an imprint in heart and mind. 

3. The second level is a success. People at this level live a comfortable life, have a roof over their heads, and for the most part, have what they want. Yet, they still feel unsatisfied and can't figure out why. Are you at the success level? If so, describe your life.

For now, I must say 'I don't have everything, but I have enough'. I'm living a quiet comfortable life where I have the freedom to do things that I desire. However, there are times that 'I ask for more; but not for material and superficial things. I'm asking for what is truly essential in my life. Things that I could do to others and the commitment to serve.

4. What would it take for you to live with purpose?

To be able to know our purpose, we have to assess ourselves on what are we good at; our excellence. I have discovered my skills and doing my best to cultivate them and make better use of them for the achievement of my goals of living a life of purpose. 

5. Question of existence. Why are you alive? 

I am alive because I have something to fulfill in life. I have goals and dreams that are yet to be accomplished. I live to serve and there are tasks ahead of me for self-ministry. 

6. Question of intention. Is there a purpose for your life? If so, what is it?

I believe that the single most important purpose of living is 'service'. My purpose is to give back what I have been given; to share what has been showered and to enjoy a meaningful life. 

7. Question of significance. Does your life matter?  

Everyone matters in their own way. For, me I must believe that my life matters because I have been blessed to serve on my own capacity and ability. I have asked, I received,  and so I have something to give. It doesn't matter to be significant, but what matters is significant living--living with a purpose. 

© 2013 Del Cusay