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Definiteness of Purpose
12/14/2020 12:00:01 AM by: C.L. Lawrence

       Often wisdom for living is expressed using the analogy of the sea, boats, ships, etc. That works, but I grew up in a major metropolitan city where cars, traffic and learning to drive taught one a lot about life. If you can learn to drive in a big city, you can drive anywhere. If you can master driving in a big city, you can extract some interesting life lessons.

        In Philadelphia, PA, in the old days, there was a section of Center City, just a few square blocks, that had a “unique” reputation. Unless you identified with the “life,” or the strictly adult activities that the area was known for, you did not go there at night. To get caught at a red light at a particular intersection could quite likely be unpleasant, so you intentionally learned alternative routes.

        The daytime was less intimidating. Though there were many different thriving businesses, this was not the strip for strolling along window shopping. If you were driving, you would drive slowly looking for a parking spot as close as possible to the place of your concern and park your car. Once finished whatever you came to do, you would focus, fix your gaze on your car, move undistracted to it, get in, and drive out.

        Napoleon Hill, author of multi-million dollar, worldwide best seller, “Think and Grow Rich,” wrote several books and articles, wherein he coined the phrase “Definiteness of Purpose,” and alternately, “Definite Major Purpose,” “Definite Chief Aim.” He talks/teaches about being successful in business and any other endeavor of life. Every time I read, or re-read, his writings and see that phrase, I think of driving in the section of Philadelphia I described above.

        If you went there, day or night, you would have been wise to have had an intention, a purpose, a “Definite Major Purpose” for going; a reason for being there. Focusing and maintaining focus on that purpose would cause you to navigate through to the accomplishment of your purpose for being there.

        When we take our eyes off of our Definite Major Purpose, allowing ourselves to be distracted by the shadow images in our peripheral vision, fear, doubt, unbelief, limited belief, faithlessness, pettiness, mental clutter, dissenting voices, negative self-talk, on and on, our energy goes in a negative direction. We become discouraged and our engine stalls.

        Throughout our lives we’ve packed a lot of junk in our trunks. We need to lighten our load so that we can maneuver and navigate peacefully, gracefully and beautifully successful.

        January 1 – 21, 2021, I will lead a spirituality and faith group through an annual 21 day spiritual kick-off into the new year. This year the theme is:

HACKING YOUR FAITH

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Meditation, Affirmation & Prayer

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