From Pain to Purpose

September 9, 2019 | By More


Many recording artists over the years have written songs describing the pain that they have felt as they live their lives on this earth. Life can be a very cruel task master and we all have our own scars to prove it. This pain is real. This pain is yours.

What are we to do when confronted with these realities? Life is also about our ability to make choices. I would argue that the first step should be for you to seek out the required help so that you can move beyond these events, that is, to help reduce and even eliminate the dominion that this pain has over your you. Once this is done and this pain does not run your life, you are now ready to move forward in the design of your life. You will be in a state where you can think clearly and are not in a fight/flight response posture all the time. Part of this journey will be to start uncovering the lessons that were to be learned from this painful event(s). 

One of the best things that has helped me move beyond this pain was to develop a new sense of purpose. Living a life on purpose lets you focus on new things and gets you to stop dwelling on the old. The Japanese have a beautiful word that I have written about in the past describing this: Ikigai meaning “what get’s you out of bed in the morning”. This is a powerful concept. Turn your pain into a new life purpose and start living the life that you were meant to live. Dare to Dream!

Daniel Roy is the principal instructor of the Ottawa-based Praxis Wealth Institute.  He is a Certified Financial Planner as well as a Certified Retirement Coach and public speaker.  He is the author of “The Essential Guide to Retirement Readiness”.  He conducts workshops and courses on the subject of wealth management as well as designing meaningful and rewarding retirements.

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