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The Formula

The three ingredients to finding your life's purpose.

Published: September 13, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 10

(10) moshe, September 16, 2008 10:49 PM

The Life Goal

the purpose in your life is to conquer the challenge you struggle with most, because in a previous life- you were given that challenge and you lost to it. Now is your chance to fix it!

(9) SteveG, September 16, 2008 8:51 PM

A much needed video

The real threat to Jewish continuity is not entirely in producing children, its in giving Jews a real and concrete reason to remain Jews. If that can be done then they will do everything necessary to ensure Jewish continuity.

(8) Deena, September 16, 2008 8:28 PM

Are you talking to me?

It's always crazy when I come across something that is so specifically talking to me. I am currently in a situation where I'm searching for work. But I'm 29 and still searching. Many people close to me are trying to convince me to go back into the job I originally trained for because I was pretty good at it and it's good money. But I don't enjoy it! Those three points are very helpful in figuring out which direction to go in. Thank you!

(7) ruth housman, September 16, 2008 2:23 PM

what am I here for?

This is something to think about and I am grateful for your words, which are wise. I feel I am at a point of "reinventing my life", not that my former actions were in any way, "wrong" but that somehow I am being led into a new chapter. This is a common feeling for many of us who enter our sixties and beyond, a kind of delayed "life crisis" but also one that seems to lead us into a kind of transcendental meditative state about purpose and meaning. Your advice is good at any level of this journey. I found it meaningful to hear, once again. I expect I will find ways to incorporate these words into my life.

(6) Bruce Ente, September 16, 2008 12:27 PM

Also, improving the world

In addition to your three excellent criteria for a purposeful life, Rabbi Salomon, I would add a fourth: Doing something that leaves the world better than you found it. Meaning in life, purpose in life, derives in part from tikkun olam, that is, partnering with God to restore the peace (shalom) and wholeness (shlaymut) that God envisioned for humankind. Each of us can and should find purpose in advancing this agenda: by loving our children and teaching them how to love, by caring for the sick and supporting friends in need, by protecting the environment, by treating people with kindness and respect. In these and similar acts we create holy moments on earth and illuminate our purpose in life.

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