I was introduced to a quote by Alan Cohen this week which said that ‘Your assignment is the piece of the world you touch.’ I loved the simplicity of this and I think that’s why it resonated with me.
When you first read this, what did you think of?
For me, it was its beautiful link with creating a sense of purpose in our lives. I know that when I’m contemplating what I should do with my life, I always feel I could and should be doing more, but Alan Cohen’s words will now remind me to bring things back a notch.
I try every day to focus on the here and now, but it’s not always easy – especially when my mind starts to spiral. I’m certainly guilty of spiralling when I think about my purpose in this world, and when this inevitably happens, I now know I need to remember this quote and focus in on the part of the world that I do touch – and that I can influence.
Greatness awaits all of us, but greatness is measured in our own terms and we must remember that. Instead of thinking that we’ll never be successful until we reach unattainable Kardashian heights of wealth and influence, we should focus on the things that really matter to us. For me, happiness and contentment are my ultimate goals and they’re what I need to keep in mind when I’m mulling over my place in this world, and how I can make a difference to the piece of it that I touch.
How does your sense of purpose tie in with what you’re doing to make a difference to the piece of the world that you could influence?