The title of this post is the same as the title of a section in Victor Strecher’s Book, “Life on Purpose.” The Japanese have a word for “Life on Purpose” and that is ikigai, which is used in these posts because it has an earlier appearance in this blog and is shorter.
Dr. Strecher notes that many people confuse or conflate “purpose” with “meaning” in life. He makes a very important distinction. It is, “Meaning in life asks the question ‘Why am I here?” He notes that responses to this question vary greatly and may even include ‘No reason.’ Purpose in life is concerned with what we most deeply value, and purposeful living is concerned with whether we’re living for what matters most.”
However, he then goes into a six step procedure for finding you purpose followed by making a written statement. Although HM sees some value in making a written statement, needing such a detailed process to identify purpose makes me think that individual is unlikely to be successful in pursuing “ikigai.”
Ikigai is supposed to define the purpose that makes us want to get up in the morning. This should be fairly obvious. An additional proviso should be that this purpose is to achieve eudaedonomic rather than hedonic ends. And as was mentioned previously, this purpose can be divided into sub purposes, which can change overtime
Of course, it is good to follow your progress. Depending upon individual preferences a written record can be kept or a summary mental review can be done before going to sleep.
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