What do you wake up in the morning for?
Without purpose, who are you? Why are you here? What impact are you making? Many people find purpose in pursuit of happiness, success, love, or maybe just material things. It’s good to pursue something, but if that something ends where you end, then you will not find fulfillment from achieving that purpose. Instead you will get a temporary pleasure.
True purpose in life is greater than you. Once you attain it, it lives even when you die. The reason why having purpose that has to do with your self-advancement or self-benfit will never make you feel truly fulfilled is because it will die when you die. It ends where you end.
A true purpose is bigger than you.
Striving to achieve something for a greater good or to make a change for someone other than yourself, that is a true feeling of having purpose. Knowing that you matter, knowing that others rely on you, knowing that even when you die the difference you have made will still live, that is a true feeling of having purpose. It is a selfless quality indeed, but it brings you happiness and fulfillment, because it gives you a reason to wake up in the morning other than to make money to spend money. Having a purpose carries with it the feeling of everlasting satisfaction, because you see the happiness or meaning that you are bringing others and that in itself gives you energy to live, to love life and to be fulfilled.
As Paramahansa Yogananda says, “Help to work out your salvation by serving your fellow man. Like the impartial rays of the sun, you must spread rays of hope in the hearts of the poor and the forsaken, kindle courage in the hearts of the despondent, and light new strength in the hearts of those who think they are failures.” When in service we forget the little self, then will see the bigger picture and many of our personal problems will become reduced to insignificance.