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Purpose Driven Life Chapter 3

Friday, February 01, 2008

This chapter asks the questions, What Drives Your Life? My answer to that is others. I try to please everyone else, and in the process, I forget about me. Trying to please others means that I am controlled by what others think of me. This makes me be the "go to" person that everyone needs. The book states that "Many people are like gyroscopes, spinning around at a frantic pace but never going anywhere." This is my life exactly. I am involved in SO much stuff, that I'm just running around in circles, but I feel so overly stressed and tired all the time. This chaptersays to stop dabbling, stop trying to do it all, do less, do only that which matters most. What matters most is in this order: my faith, my family, and me. The rest is unimportant. It matters, but not to the extent that I have led myself to believe that it does. All the extra time I put into my job--I'm missing time with my Lord, and my husband (my kids are usually with me). Then, when I get home, I'm worn out. I've spent all my energy on what matters least!! I need to focus my life on what really matters, those three items listed above.
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VMGALLEGOS13 2/1/2008 7:23PM

    I am that way too, but I think that I have learned that I can't please everyone.

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CAPTAINBETTY 2/1/2008 7:05PM

    The book you are reading, Purpose Driven Life, sounds like a real good one, maybe I will pick it up next time I go to the bookstore.
Congrats on your weight loss! We used to do a biggest loser type competition at my work every Jan-Mar but the last few years we haven't done it. I wish we would, I get pretty competitive with it.

I actually joined Jenny Craig on Dec. 28th and have lost 10 pounds so far, so I am pretty happy with that, it seems to be working for me. I have around 50 pounds to reach goal so I have a ways to go, but I will get there, and you will reach your goal too!

Take Care,
Betty

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TERESAJ2 2/1/2008 11:56AM

    I absolutely loved this book! I have read it 3 times and never stop learning from it. The "homework" assignment that it has you to do really help. Keep going and learning...

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GIRLINMOTION 2/1/2008 10:57AM

    Great blog. I too was spending to much time trying to create positive changes for my community. I was going to about four meetings per week (and dragging my son), plus planning and attending community events and I work full time as an office administrator. I was not spending any quality time with my son or myself (doing things I enjoy like reading). When I joined Sparks, one of the first things I realized is I had to start making positive changes for myself. I did not say yes to anymore executive positions on the non-profit societies I belong too. Its me this time I have to work on. As you have adequately said in your blog.

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