Entering the New Year has us reflecting on what we find really important. Sure, happiness, and certainly the satisfaction of leading a meaningful life to include our vocation. Here are a few of our favorite quotes along those lines:
The purpose of a life is a life of purpose.
The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.
This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.
~George Bernard Shaw
Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s needs.
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something completely great.
And here is the brilliant Helen Keller:
Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of it heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.
I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
And we conclude with this poignant quote:
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.