Pursuing Purpose: Defining Pursuit – Part 2 of 3

I have had a busy three-day weekend, between preparing for an out-of-state trip, and then the trip itself to visit my daughter and son-in-law in New Hampshire for my granddaughters’ combined birthday party (ages 2 and 4!) So I’m catching up on posts now!

So welcome back (or welcome for the first time) to my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose.  We have been exploring the meanings of the “pursuing” part of pursuing our purpose, the third segment of this series. We have covered preventing procrastination and prizing prioritizing, as well as defining purpose. NOW we are addressing the three variations in defining the “pursuing” part of pursuing our purpose, as the third segment of my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose.

This post is about the second of  three variations in meanings for pursuing:

**Pursuing: trying to get or do (something)

over a period of time.**

This is another quote that seems especially relevant. Each step forward is exactly that: a step FORWARD, moving us closer to realizing our goals and fulfilling our purposes in life. Any day we’re not going backward– or worse, standing still stagnating and not growing–is a good day.

For instance, take a look at this picture:

           Photo Credit: morgueFile Free Photos

Yuck, right? This slimy green pond with stagnant water in it–we know this is a condition we don’t want in our lives! Yet it’s amazing how many times we allow fear, self-pity, poor self-image, indecision, lack of motivation, procrastination, inability or unwillingness to prioritize our priorities, and numerous other things, to stop us in our tracks.

Instead of moving forward, we fall backward–or we just stay still and stagnate! Even a baby step forward toward pursuing our purpose is better than allowing our lives to become stale, stagnant, and full of dead leaves and other debris!

I think some  “de-cluttering” might just be part of the process of pursuing our purpose in life!


If you don’t like something change it;

if you can’t change it,

change the way you think about it.”

~Mary Engelbreit


So what do YOU think?


Do you agree with this definition as it relates to pursuing our purpose? Can you relate?


Do you feel like you really are a bit closer to realizing your goals and fulfilling your purpose in life than you were yesterday, a month ago, a year ago? Do you need to de-clutter and get rid of some “debris” from your life?



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