The Formula

The three ingredients to finding your life's purpose.

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.

(5) Anonymous, September 16, 2008 12:00 PM

Is the 3rd condition really necessary?

I live in a European city "off the beaten track" and often have foreign guests. I love having guests and am good at making them feel at home. If this mitzva is not hard for me, can it be that this is not my purpose in life and thus a waste of time?

(4) Heidi, September 16, 2008 10:40 AM

Purpose in life

The things we are good at are gifts and talents God has given us and we usually enjoy them.If we use these talents,we can grow in them and enjoy *or* serve needs others may have - to really show the love and care of God to them.But the real purpose of my life comes deepest seen from the fact that I`m loved unconditionally by God,that I`m created to have relationship with HIM,the creator of heaven and earth and that HE calls me his son\Daughter!There are many sick and handicapped people who can find meaning and purpose in life by this truth!

(3) SusanE, September 15, 2008 7:54 PM

Thank you for Something Else to Think About.

"At this point, we don't really know what the word "holy" means, and yet we can still be struck by this remarkable piece of guidance. Whatever it may be, holiness is surely an elevated state of being. The Torah's message is that you are here on Earth not to accumulate wealth, nor gain power, nor bask in prestige, nor acquire possessions, nor glory in accomplishments, nor revel in your beauty -- but rather to bring forth this quality called "holiness." Rabbi Salomon, The above paragraph is a quote from the Pathways course in Mussar. It's about elevating one's character toward 'holiness'. Is this our purpose in life? Mizvot would certainly elevate one toward holiness. Kindness, and charity would also, but is it our purpose to not only do the good deeds, but to implant that elevated character into ourselves that brings about the holiness? It's kind of deep in here, but I am seeing a bit of light and understanding coming through. Thank you for giving me Something of substance to Think About. .....Susan

(2) Rosen, September 14, 2008 8:53 PM

energy, motivation, and being goal-oriented

As long as we have enough energy, motivation, and are seen as goal-oriented, we do just about all the right things in order to get the purpose we want out of life.

(1) Larry, September 14, 2008 10:11 AM

Good points

These three points seem to be neccessary ingredients in accomplishing one's purpose. Without them there will be little satisfaction, pleasure, challenge and growth. Good points to think about for young and old for short and long term life accomplishments.


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