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I spent the month of December as part of a pack lead by Jeffrey Davis. Inspired by prompts from 12 visionaries, we worked together to imagine our best 12 months.

#Quest2015 is officially over, but I’m trekking on. I’m not alone in that, the pack continues running together into the new year.

The prompt I’m responding to today: Tara Sophia Mohr asks us:

How can I be of highest service?

Responding to this prompt involves some digging on my part, because these words carry connotations that just don’t work for me. Tara writes this about life purpose:

Your purpose is to bring more love to this earth. It is to heal where there is brokenness. It is to bring light where there is darkness. It is to restore sanity where insanity reigns, kindness where fear has taken over.

This fits a little better. I’ve been mulling it over for a couple of weeks now.  How do I express my purpose in life? It’s hard for me to do without devolving into cliched triteness. Yesterday I found this blog post  from the School of Life: What Babies Can Teach Us. The entire post is great and I encourage you to read it. I want to call out this portion:

There is hope

It’s easy to get sickened by our species: the greed, the status consciousness, the vanity…

But we should hang out with babies as a corrective; they don’t care if the car is big, they don’t pay attention to what one’s job is or how much one’s making.

They care about the fundamentals: cuddles, laughter, friendship, being with people who are nice to them whatever they look like.

Deep down, we’re perhaps all like this. It’s society that corrupts us and encourages the wrong impulses.

Babies are on the side of utopian politics. They argue that the world should be different from the way it is now. They’re messengers of hope. Each one is an example of how we might all be, if only our societies could be differently and better arranged. (emphasis added).

After Obama’s first election, I was in a meeting where we were asked something like: What would you do if you had $5 million to use to make a difference in the federal government? I said that I’d establish the Department of Hope. Everyone laughed, me included, because in the context of others’ responses it did sound amusingly naive.  I wasn’t joking though. With hope we envision change. We strive to be our best. We support the best in others. We need food, clothing, shelter, health and love to survive and thrive. And we need hope. We need hope to see how to make our own lives, others’ lives and this one world of ours a better place. That’s my purpose in life.