I look around at the women I know and I wonder how in the world they have the energy, and ingenuity to do the things they do. They are active and positive no matter what they're up to. They have wonderfully creative ideas and implement them. They have exorbitant amounts of energy and get things done every single day.
What am I doing? Compared with these women, nothing. I seem to lack motivation and energy. Not to mention the wherewithal. But do we really need to be visually changing the world to be making a difference? To have a purpose? Maybe not.
Do you try to make others smile? Do you encourage others? Do you pray for people? Do you take the time to listen to a friend? A child? Do you take care of a pet? Do you spread kindness? Do you smile at others? Do you give support, not necessarily financially but by helping out? Do you donate either materials, money, or your time to a charity or a local school? Do you recycle?
When my checklist looks like that then, yes I have a purpose and I am making a difference. What we do does not have to be headline worthy. The little things we do on a daily basis make a huge difference in someone's life. When we smile at the cashier in the grocery store and share a pleasantry or two, we leave them with a happy feeling.
We may never make the sort of difference that lands us on the front page or be asked to speak a TED Talk or be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But does that really matter? If we're looking for rewards, our motivation is way off.
So the answer is, yes. I do compare myself to others and wonder if I even have a purpose in life. But the answer is also, yes. I do have a purpose. When I see my four amazing daughters and know they are happy and see them making a difference in the world around us, standing up for what is right, taking a stand when it's not popular to do so, getting out there and spreading their messages of love, peace, happiness... I know I not only have a purpose but one that reaches out and touches the world in a positive way.