In Six Words: What’s Your Purpose?

birthday_cake_largeYesterday, on Your Caregiving Journey, Holly, who cares for her husband, joined me for our monthly chat. You can listen to our show via the player below.

We spoke yesterday about new beginnings, inspired by Holly’s upcoming birthday (December 25) and the upcoming turn of a New Year. Because I sometimes struggle with these events, I asked Holly how she feels about these milestones. She loves them, she said, because she loves the possibilities that the newness will bring to her.

We moved into a discussion about purpose; when you understand your purpose, you can move into your new day feeling better about the day, regardless of how challenging and disappointing and draining a day may be. Holly mentioned Dr. Brene Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection, and her belief that our acceptance of our vulnerability brings us a sense of peace and purpose. (Note: The Gifts of Imperfection was our April Caregiving Book Club pick; you can listen to our book discussion here.)

I’m curious: How do you define your purpose? And, I’d love to hear your description in six words. Please share in our comments section, below.

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

2 thoughts on “In Six Words: What’s Your Purpose?

  1. Avatar of JaneJane

    To be an advocate for Nicole.

    Jane ~ mom to Nicole, 18 yo, VSD, ASD, Eisenmengers, PAH (dx 1/22/10) BHJS (dx 2/4/11)
    “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”


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