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You should never give anyone the power of deciding how you should live your life. That power belongs to YOU and no one else. - Isabella Boston
One of the greatest gifts given to mankind is to live life with purpose. We all can share our gifts, talents, and love to make a difference in someone else’s life. So many of us want to live life until we are 90 and above, but what does it matter if that 90-year-old life has been wasted and lived with no real purpose? I believe it’s better to live a short life with purpose than to live a long life only existing and with no purpose.
Living a life with purpose requires you to live a life of your choosing. So many times, we let our parents, friends, churches, or whomever decide the life we should live, and the not the life we were put here to live. You must search within yourselves and connect to your higher power and source ( For me, this is our Creator, God) for direction. You should never give anyone the power of deciding how you should live your life. That power belongs to YOU and no one else.
How to Live Your Life With Purpose
1. Be Grounded in a Calling Bigger Than Yourself: Be a part of something that positively impacts the world and leaves a legacy for future generations. Sure, you might not become rich doing this, or perhaps you might, just not in the way you expected. Whether it’s your strong faith, special connection to the Universe, or both! Stay grounded and connected as you are guided on your journey to a much higher purpose for yourself and all humanity. Special callings usually appear when we least expect them so stay “awake” and enjoy the journey.
2. Empower Others to Live Their Life With Purpose: When you begin to live your life with purpose, you begin to discover all the hidden abilities, strength, and talents inside of you. You become more willing to be of service to others and you will become more confident to stand in your own truth. As you develop a greater understanding and deeper knowledge in the world and all that is connected to it, you will also begin to empower others to stand in their own truth as well. And so, the cycle continues...it's contagious!
3. Love Yourself First and Develop a Healthy Self-Esteem: One of the hardest things I had to learn to do was to love myself first. I fought it with everything in me. But once I surrendered and started to love myself first, I also started to respect myself more and demanded that others did the same. It’s like a “domino” effect. When you show the world how much you love, respect, and cherish your own mind, body, and spirit, they not only will treat you with more love and respect, but they will also start loving themselves more too! We are all mirrors to one another, so reflect the light and goodness from your soul to the souls all around you.
4. Have Strong Mental and Physical Health: Mind control is real. It happens to the best of us, and it usually happens from those closest to us. It is imperative to have a healthy and strong mind. Practice setting healthy boundaries for yourself to everyone around you. It is okay to say “no”. Love your brain by eating a healthy diet, exercising, and by being engaged in wholesome recreational activities or projects. Set new goals for yourself and stick to them. Once you accomplish a goal, set another. And keep your goals to yourself. People, even well-intentional ones, have a habit of ruining our dreams. A private life is a powerful life!
5. Accept What is With a Grateful Heart: Some things are out of our control, so just be grateful for what you have for the time being and accept what you cannot control. This is so very important. Once you accept the things you cannot control with a grateful heart, your life will become so much easier, happier, and richer. Trust me on this. This, too, I had to learn the hard way. Once I learned to put all my faith into God and let go of the things that I had no control over, my life became so much better and productive. When I started focusing more on my personal goals, dreams, and on bettering myself, before I knew it, good things were happening all around me.
6. Forgive others, Starting With Yourself: This is absolutely the best gift you can give yourself for the new year. I had to learn that forgiveness is not for the other person, but it is for me. We all have had bad things done to us. Some worse than others. Sometimes we get angry about it, especially when the other person never even gives you an apology. But one thing I have learned is that sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives are actually blessings in disguise. It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with it that matters. When you fail to forgive someone for something they did to you, you give them power over your own life. You live with anger, sadness, depression, and bitterness that will bleed into all the other areas of your life. You will never reach your full potential or be happy living in this state. So, forgive them and live free! The same goes for yourself. Sometimes we have done things that have hurt others and we wish we could take it back somehow, but we can’t. The only thing we can do is apologize and correct the error, whatever it may be, and then forgive ourselves with the upmost love, care, and respect. You deserve that. I don’t know what your faith is, but I am a free-thinking and spiritual Christian. Christ died for my sins, your sins, and all our sins. He paid the ultimate price for all of us. Don’t let it be in vain. Forgive yourself, forgive others, and live your life free, with much love, and with purpose!
I wish you all peace, love, and many blessings! Happy New Year!
Isabella Boston is a multi-talented writer and the Founder of Bella’s Attic Studio. She has several years of experience in content writing, copywriting, and social media strategies. She is the author of the romantic and rare memoir, Passion of Flames. Isabella is a survivor of domestic abuse and is currently working to spread awareness on the topic as well as the dangers and inhumanity of human sex trafficking. She has special interests in fashion and beauty, health and wellness, and natural healing as it pertains the body, mind and soul.