Wisdom of Life

Wayne Dyer: On the Meaning and the Purpose of Life

89.jpgNobody needs to ask the question: “what is my purpose?” It will always be found in service. If you can just, for one day, put your attention on making life better for someone else. If you can focus on thinking like that, that’s how God thinks. It’s an ancient concept, but it’s still relevant: to touch someone else’s life is more valuable than any amount of money.

My friend Byron Katie says: “to believe that you need what you don’t have is the definition of insanity.” That you can’t be fulfilled until you get all these things, that’s an illusion. Really, you don’t need anything more. It doesn’t matter what it is you do, you could be a cab driver, a teacher, a factory worker, a manager… What matters is that you put your attention on “how may I serve?”

Think of the people you go to, whoever you are on your path… You can run an entire business that way — not being attached to outcome. Putting attention on service, your life becomes about leaving those virtues. How can I serve? How can I be gentle? How can I be reverent? Thinking like that means you’re living in meaning.

The messages of the morning are what you can and what you can’t do. About how society defines you. But in the afternoon after The Shift, it’s about connecting to an energy that’s taking care of everything, and we are all just being done. Try to stop yourself from breathing, from your fingernails growing. Living the virtues is all we need to do. The truth is, I feel something else is in charge of all of this; so it’s really about surrendering to it. Surrendering to something that is bigger than you, that you are connected to, and that’s really in control of everything.

There is a place deep within us that wants to feel fulfilled. That wants to know: my life has made a difference. That I’ve left this place, this planet that I lived on, better than when I arrived. That someone’s life has been profoundly touched because of my existence.

We all want that.

It’s not about age, or about finding yourself. Wherever you are, at whatever age, you are only a thought away from changing your life.

Transcribed excerpt from the movie The Shift.


~Wayne W. Dyer was an internationally renowned author and speaker in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers. He created many audio and video programs, and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.

Excellence Reporter 2019

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