Having a sense of purpose makes all the difference, as we see in the story. Many of us live in societies which do not put priority on purpose or the longview of what we're contributing, but on short term gain. Isn't it wonderful when we can stand up for purpose being the priority rather than simply making money as the goal? Like the Stonemasons, we can find purpose too. When I'm teaching Presentation Skills in translating complex data, I remind myself what I'm actually doing is teaching how to connect more human to human heart to heart. What are the human stories behind the numbers? In each assignment I remind myself to be as loving as possible in my feedback and to find the humanity.
Theres also the "bigger" purposes. In 2005, I stood up to the prevailing ideas of 'success' & 'shoulds' and sold my small home and sold/gave away most of my possessions to found/facilitate a volunteer literacy project. I donated programs for over 30K children and trained over 800 teachers in 75+ villages how to use their own cultural stories to teach writing.
Today, I'm a Narrative Therapy Practitioner whose purpose is to co-create preferred stories, not 'fix people.' I support this with the 50 day contract teaching Presentation Skills. The purpose under all the work is Storytelling, Humanity, Heart.
Here's to finding purpose in whatever work, tasks, sharing we do.