In the midst of a conversation with a friend recently, I had used the word “purposeful” a few times when they stopped me and said that the word didn’t resonate with them, that it didn’t signify something positive. To them, it signified limitations, having to choose this instead of that.
But to me, that is the whole point.
When we have no limits, we aren’t forced to choose, and when don’t have to make any choices, we start to lose touch with our ability to understand what brings us the most joy, the most satisfaction, the most strength.
Limitless resources can leave us surrounded by things that don’t add anything to our lives and then cause the things that are actually important get drown out by everything that is not.
Having to choose gives us the opportunity to stay more aligned with what gives us the most meaning.