We were sitting in Steakhouse 100, the four of us, the smell of steak wafting up from our dinner plates. Actually just the guys. We women had salads. But I could smell that steak Mike had from across the table.
“So,” I said, “I found this guy, Richard Under on the internet. He wrote this book called LifePrints. Basically he devoted his whole life to studying fingerprints and what they say about you. I guess he can tell you what plans your soul had for you during this lifetime because the fingerprints are formed five months before your born.”
Donna nodded. She is a highly intelligent nurse. She is very successful in her area of emergency medicine. “You know some people don’t think we came here with a purpose. They think you just are born, live, work and then die.”
“Yeah, your right,” I said. “I guess that is sort of freeing. I mean no searching and wondering what I am here to do.”
“It can also be lonely.”
We went on to talk about our individual search for our purpose. We both agreed it is so far it is out of our reach.
“I feel like there is something missing,” she said.
I thought about that. I wondered why she felt that way. She set out to become a nurse and is in my opinion more than successful in that area. Working in an emergency room is very demanding work. It requires a lot of quick thinking and expertise. But in addition to her vocation she raised a family and is a very involved grandparent. She is a deeply caring person.
Richard Unger tells a story on his web site the International Institute of Hand Analysis:
For instance, I recently read the hands of a man who was extremely successful in business. He came in for a reading because he felt something was missing but couldn’t put his finger on it. His fingerprints revealed the Life Purpose: Successful Artist. Success but not in his creativity or creativity without being paid for it; either of these scenarios would not make him feel on track. He reported that he had considered a more creative career path years ago, but life intruded, he got busy and his creative side had faded into the background.
“Well, apparently, you can send your finger prints and $49.95 to this guy and get a report about on your life purpose,” I said.
“Did you get it? What did it say?” she asked.
“Oh, I didn’t get it yet. I just sent away for it today. I spent two days trying to take my fingerprints.”
Mike laughed. “She was working on that all day today.”
I have to admit that I am holding out hope on this report. Figuring out what purpose there is to life has been an effort if futility. According to Donald Latumahina in his post “A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose”, finding your life purpose is more like a journey than a one-time stop. But I say, enough with the journey already. I need a little help here. Or maybe if I have a sense of where my meaning in life is, validation.
Latumahina lists eight tips to help with the journey. I suspect getting my report will not be enough. I still need to take the journey, like I haven’t been on this journey for a while but then I could get more focused about it.
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
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