Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world. – Margaret Laurence
On the 2nd of Ramadan, we talked about sustainable inner peace being the straight-line that one maintains or returns to throughout life’s ups and downs. We then, on the 7th of Ramadan, spoke about how each of us has a life purpose, whether we purposely set it or not, and we called on consciously making it a ‘good one’, i.e. one worth pursuing.
Today, we see that life purpose is what affirms or uncovers the straight line we mention above, i.e. inner peace. This is the case because one cannot achieve inner peace or a ‘base’ without a frame of reference that is independent, clear, focused and helps synergise and answer the why, what, where, when and how in our lives.
Given that we accept this concept, what could a good life purpose then be? We start with some success criteria, namely:
- Brings the heart / gut feel comfort
- Clear, rational and aligns with life around us
- Seen as ‘good’ or leading to goodness for both ourselves and others
- Elegant and befitting to us as rational and intelligent creatures
- Balanced and central
- Easy to identify possible outcomes and consequences
- Independent from acceptance from any other ‘changing’ creation, i.e. not dependent on acceptance from other people who change, live and die
- Leads to success and victory in all possible definitions of life
So in essence, we are not specifying what that life purpose should be, but what we are here to say is that we need to accept the need for one for inner peace. We then need to identify what our current ‘subconscious’ purpose is and assess it against success criteria. More importantly, one must take the time to identify it through eloquent knowledge knowledge knowledge.
We ask god on this blessed night to bless us all with a clear life purpose that leads us to victory in both life and life hereafter, i.e. to worship god through knowledge that clarifies life and provides tools that helps us deal with life’s ups and downs to eventually lead us to eternal peace.