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Written by Kerri Williams

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Purpose and The Art of Bliss

 by Kerri Williams

“Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.” Joseph Campbell


Awhile back, I participated in a workshop where the definition of purpose came up as the topic. I had never really thought much about my purpose in life, not what it was, but I did struggle with the other end of it all, wondering why I couldn’t figure out what my purpose in life was.

That evening in the workshop it came to me quite easily. My purpose in life was to create. I’d been doing it for so long, but there seemed no purpose in the purpose. It took me several months to find the purpose in the purpose.

While I was pursuing the act of creating during the questioning, I couldn’t figure out why the purpose didn’t seem to flow. I knew what it was. My purpose was to create. After much thought, I realized that while I was creating, I wasn’t creating in the manner of my purpose.

There was no joy, no bliss in the creating. It became a mundane task. Get up, go to work, do it whether you like it or not. Hey, you’re creating. That’s all that matters.

But that wasn’t what mattered. What mattered was that I wasn’t creating what I wanted to create. I was working. How does that saying go? Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. I wasn’t doing what I loved.

I changed the game. I made significant life changes in order to do what I loved. And after dealing with guilt, let down and some hurt, all of which I eventually pushed aside, I began the purpose of purpose. I started to really create. I grasped the art of bliss. And doors opened. I’m not talking real doors, but metaphysical doors.

Life purpose is a heavy question. Some people know it right from the beginning, but many of us struggle with the question, going about our daily lives, wondering if this is all there is.

Question yourself:

•What is it I love?

•What is it that makes me happy?

•How does my life right now interfere with my purpose?

•What changes can I make to achieve my purpose?

•Is my creativity in line with my purpose?

Creatives should explore these questions. We have day jobs and families and responsibilities that seem to be the purpose. Even if our work is creating, is it the purpose? Are we creating what we want to create or are we creating simply to make a living?

We know our bliss is our ability to create, but we need to know that it is what we create in our lives and how we live that creative life to capture and maintain bliss. Purpose doesn’t mean we hide out in our studio and live like a pauper. Purpose can be accomplished around other factors in your life.

Purpose is the doing. It’s not another word for money or family and friends. It’s not your social network or life status. It’s about your creative self and honoring that self. It’s about taking time to pursue your passion. It’s about living up to what you know makes you happy.

Purpose is the art of bliss.


Peace on your journey – Kerri


Kerri is not just a writer but also a photographer (and a good one) and a creativity coach, visit her website for more information, and don’t forget to follow us on Google+, Twitter, via RSS feed, or simply by subscribing to our newsletter!


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