One of the most eye-opening experiences for me when I started to live with a purpose was that life is about so much more than just me in my little bubble. Living a full and meaningful life means being part of a community and serving it in a variety of ways. Let’s look at a few of them.
Your Inner Circle
The first community you encounter and the one you spend most of your time in is your very own inner circle. By living more purposefully and more intentional, you’ll have the most influence on this one. It’s your inner circle that’s compromised of your family and close friends. These are the people you spent the most time with. It may also include your coworkers. This is the community you should focus on first. Start making a difference with the people you’re closest to. These are the people that will benefit most from your decision to step out from the crowd and to begin your quest to discover your purpose.
Your Local Community
Your next step will be your local community. It’s amazing how much change you can effect here when you put your mind to it. Let’s say you want to live a life where you’re more aware of the impact you have on your environment. You shop smarter, recycle and reuse more at home. From there you can branch out into your local community and encourage positive change. Start a community garden and encourage people to recycle more. Get involved with a group that’s focused on environmental efforts.
Another way to give back is to join a group or club that you have an interest in. There are a number of like-minded individuals that get together to learn a skill. If you have an interest in woodworking, gardening, public speaking or any other interest that you want, there is usually a club or group that share the same interest and get together on a regular basis. Join these organizations that are already within your own local community.
Finding Your Niche In The Global Community
One of the amazing things about being alive today is how connected we are. The internet, mass communication, and fast travel make it possible to connect with people from all around the world. We all do it to some extent. Some of us work in global companies that get us in touch with team members who live in different countries or come from different cultures. We may connect with people online who enjoy the same hobby. We do more traveling today than ever before which of course exposes us to different ways of living and different cultures. We watch TV shows and movies from various different parts of the world. We have in fact become a global community, and that gives us a unique opportunity. As a result, living purposefully and taking part in online groups and global efforts can bring about change that affects the global community. That’s pretty powerful, isn’t it?
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