Our Divine Purpose – Guest Article From Corinne Edwards

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We’ve got our very first guest article today written by Corinne Edwards! I’ve been friends with Corinne online for about a year so so, and then had the privilege to meet her over dinner after SOBCon08. You can see the photo with Corinne and myself over at Stephen’s Adversity University Blog (scroll down under #10)

Corinne Edwards from her Personal Growth Blog wrote to me – she was compelled to write a guest post in response to my post yesterday about Divine Purpose being just Bull!

So, here’s the article from Corinne:

Corinne Edwards and Personal Growth

Michelle Vandepas wrote an interesting article about our divine purpose in life.

She started out with a startling statement

Yesterday I told my blog and teaching partner CK, that I thought everything we’ve been teaching is Bull.

What?

Then she goes on to add –

I mean, how can we know that we even have a Divine Purpose? And if we have one, is it just one purpose or many?

I was going to write a comment on her blog and decided I would take up too much space so I thought I would ask her if I could write a guest post instead.

Many people’s first reaction when anyone talks about a “Divine Purpose” is fear. I mean doesn’t “Divine” mean God? What does he want from us? How does He tell us?

Lots of people are afraid of God.

I remember walking down Michigan Avenue in Chicago when a man I did not know stopped me. I had a TV show at the time.

He said, “I like your show, but I would look at it more if nobody talked about God.”

I don’t believe that the Divine has anything to do with our purpose. OK, I said it.

I think we come into this world already decided on what we want to accomplish. I do believe in some kind of Infinite Intelligence who is available to help us. You can call this energy God if you like. But, it is our deal. Our choosing.

Unless we are Mother Theresa, I think we come in with something else than a specific purpose. That is why it drives us crazy trying to figure out what it is.

We come in with a talent. And that talent is constant. There may be more than one but there is a central one. A core talent.

Of course, the next question is how do we recognize it?

For some strange reason, most people think that if something is easy for them it cannot be their talent. They are likely to say, “Oh, that couldn’t be it. Everyone can do that!”

They can’t. Not as well as you can.

My sister is a prime example of this.

She got married at 18 and proceeded to have six children. She never completed college.

But if you present June with a problem, she can go immediately to the crux of it and tell you what is going on. She says everyone can do that.

She probably used this talent in raising six successful and healthy children. But recently, she was called to be a juror on a murder trial. The defendant was a woman who had been severely physically and emotionally abused by her husband for years.

She was the only holdout in the woman’s conviction. But, she saw into this person’s heart and could see why she did it. She convinced the other eleven jurors to acquit her.

June’s talent is to see beyond the obvious and there is a mother taking care of her children today who may have spent her life in prison. She does not take any credit for it. She thinks anyone could do this.

Michelle asks, “Does our purpose change over the years?”

Of course. Life changes. You talent does not. You use it as life comes at you.

Most people feel that your talent has to be something big. Something that changes the world. Something that we have passion about.

Something very small, like being a gardener, can set up what is referred to in science as the Chaos Theory, popularly known as the “butterfly effect“, so called because of the title of a paper given by Edward Lorenz in 1972 to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. entitled Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas?

The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different.

So, you can change the world by having a beautiful garden, or being a kind bus driver – or raising six children – or even one.

That is not to discourage you from mighty purposes. But as far as never giving up? Don’t fall into that trap. If something is not working out it does not mean you have failed. There is something else that will attract you right around the corner.

Your talent is powerful. It will insist on being heard.

In the meantime, all you have to do is concentrate on being a butterfly.

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Thanks Corinne.

Come back anytime.

Corrine’s book on Amazon:

365 Reflections on Being Single: A Woman’s Guide to Living Alone and Loving It!