Halfway through the Days of Awe, and we – I – turn contemplate the reason I’m here at all. What is my soul’s purpose? What am I supposed to be doing with my days on the physical plane, and, more importantly, and I fulfilling my soul’s purpose?
Some people have a hard time discovering their soul’s purpose. I talk about this concept a lot, and they come to me and ask, “How do I find out what my soul’s purpose is? I have no idea!” You have to think about the things about which you feel passionate. You have to consider the activities at which you are really good. What are your special gifts and talents? What brings you joy? What do you do that brings joy to other people? Somewhere in these activities lies your soul’s purpose.
Mine has always been clear to me. Well, I say that, but I suppose it has become clearer, or more clearly delineated, over the years. I always knew I was supposed to write. I then realized my soul’s purposed revolved around helping people via my writing. Later, I realized that my soul’s purpose was to help people find ways to achieve personal growth, realize their full human potential, live fully, and find practical spiritual paths to connect with God – no matter their religion. However, I was to assist them in doing so by writing about these topics. Of course, I primarily write about this from a Jewish perspective, but I do so in a manner that I believe crosses most religious and spiritual lines, thus making what I do available to more than just Jewish people. Over the years, what I do to accomplish my soul’s purpose has expanded beyond writing to speaking and podcasting and such, but the soul’s purpose has remained the same.
I didn’t have to go out searching for my soul’s purpose. It sort of found me. I love writing and pursued writing as a career. I then also pursued my other interests: personal growth, human potential, spirituality, religion, metaphysics, etc. Everything just fell into place.
If you aren’t fulfilling your soul’s purpose, your life will feel empty. It won’t feel meaning-full or spirit-full, because you won’t be tapping into Source. You won’t be connecting with your soul and its connection to The Source – God.
Additionally, when you don’t fulfill your soul’s purpose, when you fill your time with meaningless activities, you end up with another reason to repent. You’ve once again missed the mark. You haven’t put your God-given gifts to good use. For this, you need to seek forgiveness from God.
Thus, during the Days of Awe its very important to find your soul’s purpose, set up targets that allow you to fulfill your soul’s purpose and commit to hitting those targets in the coming year. And to repent for the times in the past year when you didn’t do so…or to simply seek forgiveness for not knowing your soul’s purpose ask as for Divine guidance so you may recognize it this year.
God gave you a gift – some unique talent or attribute or ability – to use here in this lifetime. Are you using it to the best of your ability? If not, how will you do so this year?