Each week, spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra responds to Oprah.com users' questions with enlightening advice to help them live their best lives.
Q: I have been searching my whole life for my purpose, only to find that maybe I don't have one. Maybe I am here just to add to the world whatever kindness I can give. I will say that I am at a point in my life where I'm questioning even more, because I'm unemployed after working many years with the same company. This might be the beginning of a new life. Regardless, what do you think? Does life for each person have a specific purpose? I bet you get this question a lot. Don't worry; I don't expect a great revelation in your answer. You are only human.
— Carol M., Downingtown, Pennsylvania
I don't know if this will come as a revelation, but your purpose in life is to quit asking for so little. Working for the same company has dulled your excitement and sense of expectation. I'm sure you had those things once, and they can be revived. The secret is to peek under the blanket. What have you hidden under there? I have in mind all the tiny seeds of dreams and desires that got tucked away for a rainy day.
Write these words in lipstick on your mirror: "The rainy day has arrived." You are at a time in your life where fulfillment counts for everything. With two or three decades still ahead of you, there's more than enough time to sprout some of those seeds. I can't tell you what they are, but I know they exist.
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Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 50 books on health, success, relationships and spirituality, including his current best-seller, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, which are available now. You can listen to his show on Saturdays every week on SiriusXM Channels 102 and 155.
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Published on April 28, 2010