Purpose, Dance Steps, and Everyday Life

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson We all need a purpose in life to really thrive and live a worthwhile life yet somewhere along the line a lot of people forget what their purpose was or maybe it’s not their purpose anymore and now they don’t know what their purpose is. A couple of years ago I heard this conference talk by Wilford W. Andersen that just struck such a strong chord with me. It’s about purpose – the WHY to which we do things. He tells this story of this young doctor who worked in “Navajo Nation”. One evening he had an experience where an old Native American man came into the ER. The doctor quickly asked what he could help him with but the man said nothing. The doctor tried again, this time feeling a bit impatient, “I cannot help you if you don’t speak to me. Tell my why you have come to the hospital.” At that, the old man looked at him and asked him, “Do you dance?” The doctor feeling puzzled thought about this question. He looked at the old man and wondered if this man could be a tribal medicine man who sought to heal the sick through song and dance rather than through medication. So the doctor replied, “No, I don’t dance. Do you dance?” The old man nodded. “Could you teach me to dance?” The doctor asked. The old man said to the young doctor, “I can teach you dance, but you have to hear the music.” * Andersen goes on to add this: “Sometimes in our homes, we successfully teach … Continue reading Purpose, Dance Steps, and Everyday Life