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What is a river? What is your purpose?

Everything in nature has but one defining purpose, but an infinite amount of benefits to those who know where to look.

What is a river? What is its purpose?

To transport water from higher elevations to lower....but just think of the infinite consequences and benefits a river affords to the rest of society.

What is your purpose in life?

I've been trying to answer this question for a few days now, and I'm surprised I'm having this much difficulty.

It comes down to this: What are you willing to conceive, believe, and accept as your definition of success? And equally as important, is what are you willing to give to achieve your desired definition of success?

If we start giving those things today while remembering, our only limitations are those we put on ourselves or those limitations we allow others to put on us, we will be one step closer to taking control of the only thing in the world which we actually can: our own minds.

What ever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.

Note: "Success is the knowledge to get whatever it is that you want out of life without violating the rights of others and by helping others acquire it." - Napoleon Hill (see link above)


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My purpose

is to be a helper. Sounds boring but it suits me. When I was very young I helped my mom and dad and when I got married I helped my husband and kids. The kids are grown and now I take care of my husband, the dogs, canary, my chickens and my friends.

Life is good, I don't ask or want much. I like to problem solve and create, I notice if I don't think creatively I get depressed. Being Creative energies me, being helpful to others satisfies me.

Go luck to you and your search.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

I think the difference

I think the difference between a rivers purpose and animals and many things we see on this earth is that their purpose is set by the creator. It is just instinct or their nature.

We humans on the other hand are free to choose our own purpose and act on it or just drift through life helping someone else fulfill their purpose inadvertently good or bad.

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The river

is time.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

I guess I don't mind going further, there's the stock answer for


In my "order" there's an underlying mission to understand one's self through the course of like and to discover one's connection to all things and to the Sacred Being.

There's also more specific missions as this order is classified down into phratries or around specific teachings and leaders. For many years I served a mission to bring all different people of all different religions together in one circle to dance as one with the elders of many nations being honoured in the center. But that mission was achieved. Some missions and orders are standing and we wait for the time or for the next time to serve. Like war. Not every day is a good day to have a war and yet we have warriors at the ready. In fact we spend a good deal of time trying to make peace which has the direct effect of making warriors useless. However temporarily. And this we call a good thing.

The mission of the doctor is to heal the sick and injured and wouldn't it be nice if they were all out of jobs? I wonder what they call "medical doctor" in heaven. Perhaps they will permanently take on the names they so cherished in life like "gone fishin" or "out to lunch".

So you see in my tradition there are answers but naturally they lead to more questions and it's not always our job to have all the answers and sometimes our answers aren't everybody else's and we kinda own them and cherish them and protect them when necessary. Because those are between us and the Holy One and thus they are truly OURS AS INDIVIDUALS.

So the river is time and it's bound flow of materiality and substance we know as life which is basically the chance to EXPERIENCE this. Which is being simultaneously a molecule and then a drop and then a trickle and then a stream and then a river and then an ocean. And then I suppose a cloud. Which has always sounded pretty cool to me.


Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

So what's time's purpose? ;)

So what's time's purpose? ;)

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Nature versus prime purpose?

I am wrestling with the question of my nature. A river's nature is to flow. It does not really care whether it transports water or supports fish, so longs as it flows, it is a river.
I would say my nature is to love. The things I love may be a sign of my character, weak or strong, but if I am loving I am being me. But the Universe seems to need to teach me some other lesson these days, it seems love is not enough. Or maybe that truth does not really mater, I don't know. I know I am being given a lesson, whether I pass or fail the test is still up in the air. In school, I loved the "pop quiz." I was never one to put off my studying, I was always ready to be tested on my knowledge. These pop quizzes on my capacity to love are less enjoyable.
After years of not even trying to have friends, suddenly they are crawling out of the woodwork, yet my family drifts further and further from me. I lost my daughter a couple of years ago. The pain was excruciating, but my husband and I stumbled through the grief and came out the other side. We were thrilled to have our son decide to join us at the farm, and the young lady he brought along won our hearts, too. Last week they set a wedding date, and I had this little light in my heart... I have this fantasy of my grandchildren running around the farm, I thought maybe it would come to be after all...
My son has decided that if he is going to "be a man" he needs to give up on this "crazy" farm and move back to the city and get a job pimping for pharma. OK, it breaks my heart, but if that is what he feels he must do... but it did not stop there.
My local internet provider has censored liveleak, so I emailed them to complain. My son was here when it happened, read my email over my shoulder. I don't know... it was not a hateful email, I just said I did not appreciate their censorship, that liveleak was one of the few places where citizens could upload the truth. He decided that was "dangerous" and that associating with me puts him and his girlfriend in danger, so they will have to cut us out of their life, like my daughter did.
I'm pretty much reeling at this point. What is the point of loving truth, in a world that cherishes lies and liars?

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

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I'm sorry to hear about the

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter, Fishy. It must have been traumatic for you. We buried our daughter five years ago. I didn't even start to feel like a human until about three years later. Life doesn't seem fair; but we have to go with it or die.

"I'm pretty much reeling at this point. What is the point of loving truth, in a world that cherishes lies and liars?"

That's exactly what Jesus did.
Not a good answer, but he was the ultimate example for us.

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My purpose? Well, here's one of my prime purposes.

My purpose?

Well, here's one of my prime purposes.

That's the "purposes" really driving me.

I don't have others that matter that much.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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What a great picture! Love

What a great picture! Love the Batman/daisy theme.


That is one adorable prime purpose you've got there!

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

"Rivers have a tendency towards a loopy path."

Like life sometimes. :)

I like the quote but would only add that achievement takes the mind & will.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir


This purpose driven life business is hogwash imo.


All accomplishment no matter

All accomplishment no matter how small begins with a purpose. Most people in life do not have a life purpose but they still use the principle of purpose. For instance if you want to plant a garden and take action on doing so you now have a purpose to accomplishing it.

Any high or extraordinary achiever did so with a purpose. If more people sought their over all purpose in life the world would be a better place.

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I find working off a to do list towards a clear objective...

...is quite a useful tool for me personally.

I have so many ideas and goals, that I can't concentrate on one. Having a clear purpose so far, has helped me channel my efforts to accomplishing one task at a time, making sure they all contribute towards my overall goal.

I wouldn't call it hogwash, but I understand many people have tried to twist this simple message by claiming "thoughts become things."

Actions are what is required...a focused mind with a direct purpose are unstoppable. Some people do this subconsciously, and others need to work at keeping the mind focused with all the distractions thrown at us.

How many people told Cody Wilson he couldn't print a gun?

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Thoughts are things.

Thoughts are things. Everything first begins with a thought. Thoughts are energy like everything in the universe including us. But they have to be nurtured by developing and acting on them or like all things without nourishment they eventually die.

Peoples circumstances in life are all a result of the dominate thoughts they have nourished most of their lives good or bad. That is why NH teaches a positive mental attitude is so important and taking control of your mind (thoughts) first is the key to all success and an abundant and fulfilling life.

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My purpose

To love God with ALL my heart.

That's not really a purpose

That's not really a purpose that is more of a declaration. That is like saying your childs purpose in life is to love you with all his or her heart. Of course you would say that is not their purpose and it doesn't mean they don't can't or shouldn't do that. However they have a purpose to accomplish something to make the world a better place or improve themselves in preparation for making their contribution.

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It is my purpose though hawkie

It's really not like telling your children what their purpose is, to love you...

In the 10 commandements, we are commanded to LOVE GOD WITH ALL OUR HEARTS.

I believe it is only by God's grace that one comes to God to serve, and when they do, they are giving a purpose in life.. To LOVE God will ALL the heart. That means that everything you do is filled with LOVE, ADORATION for God. Being born sinners, it is not always easy, even though it is exceptionally rewarding.

With a purpose to LOVE GOD WITH ALL THE HEART, many things are accomplished with acts of love, truth, charity, faith, and hope to make the world and the life within it, including themselves, better.

Finding ones purpose in life

Finding ones purpose in life can take a lifetime sometimes. Some people seem to know early in life what they feel they were born to do. I think the point is to live the success principles and your purpose will be made known to you sooner or later.

Also choose what you feel you want to do at this time and go for it if somewhere down the road that changes or you feel that your purpose presents itself to you and it's different then what you are doing you can always change course and go after it then.

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