Don’t Think You Have a Dream, Purpose or Passion? No Problem – Peggy W Barnes

Don’t Think You Have a Dream, Purpose or Passion? No Problem

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Read these quotes:

Live your dream and share your passion.

Life is short, live your dream and share your passion.

As soon as you start to pursue your dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning. ~Barbara Sher~

Dream big dreams, commit to your true passion and you will learn to fly. 

OK, do you feel like a loser yet?  I know when I read the quotes, I certainly do.  These quotes are not in and of themselves bad and will really resonate with many people, but just not with me.  Why don’t they touch my soul?  I’m not a dreamer.  I don’t “get” how to find my purpose and passion.  Do you feel that way, too?

Let me back up a little bit.  Maybe I do have dreams. 

  • Live out my faith authentically
  • Be a good wife, mother, G-mama and friend
  • Give to others in need. 
  • Be successful in my business
  • Take a couple of nice trips a year.
  • Spend more time with family. 

Do those count as dreams? They certainly don’t seem like the Climb Mount Everest kind of dreams, but is that okay?  In a nutshell, those really are my dreams and my passion.  

I am still not 100% sure what my purpose is, but I think it has something to do with doing the best I can at being the person I am designed to be.  Doesn’t sound really profound or powerful, right?   

Some people are born knowing they want to be a doctor, lawyer, or movie star.  Some people know they want to go to Africa as missionaries, bungee jump off mountains and swim with sharks in Australia.  Not me.  Even as a little girl, I never really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I am almost 100% sure I never dreamed about my dream wedding.  As I got a little older,  I remember thinking I wanted to be like Mary Tyler Moore – I liked that she had a job, had a cool apartment and lived in the city!  I remember thinking in high school my dream job was to be a secretary (we didn’t call them administrative assistants back in 1977), but it did not seem like I was shooting for the stars. 

But what about those that want to be a great mother or wife? What about those that want to be a volunteer in a school or hold a small Bible study in their home?  What about those that want to be single and enjoy time with friends?  What about those that like to quietly garden or bake?  Why isn’t that enough?  

People mistakenly think they have to have these massive dreams, purpose and passion, when they really might already be living the dream, fulfilling their purpose and pursuing their passion.  You do not have to have big dreams and goals to be who you are designed to be and to make a difference in your corner of the world. Remember, we are all unique, one of a kind people and what may seem small to you may not be.  Our lives and decisions have a ripple effect on those around us whether we know it or not.  We are changing lives by what we say and do whether or not we feel like we are. 

If you do have big dreams, purpose and passion – Go for it.  Live it. 

If you do not have “seemingly big” dreams, purpose, and passion – Live, be and don’t be embarrassed.  Be the best version of you and you will have fulfilled the role you have in this life. 

Dream big or not.  Spend time figuring out your purpose or not.  Pursue your passion or not. Whatever you do, live your story and walk on your journey intentionally and deliberately.
That really will be enough. 

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