There are certain moments in our lives that change us…that strike us and we finally figure out what our purpose is. I am not saying that I have figured out what exactly what I want to do, what my future brings, or anything of that nature, but rather I have been shown what my purpose here is. It has been shown to me in little glimmers of light in the past, and through relationships with friends and loved ones it has manifested itself, but today, it really did hit me. My purpose: to simply love as much as I can. Loving our friends, our family, the people around us. This is the reason why I wake up in the morning. And today, I had one of the most refreshing days of my life. Someone asked me at work today if I ever have a bad day. Haha, that made me smile pretty wide. I do have bad days, but not many anymore.

Every day I write about getting better at something… becoming a better person. But today was the most meaningful day out of them all. In living my life with a purpose, I am now focused on making unselfish decisions, realizing the true potential of the people around me, and just seeing how beautiful life is. We often get muddled up in all of the crap that we create every day. We stress ourselves out, we make ourselves unhappy, we hurt other people. All of that is not for me anymore, and its unhealthy anyways. I know that a person with passion and purpose is an undeniable instrument of God. I know over the past few posts I have been talking about God a lot, but how could I not. This is a blog about my life, about who I am becoming, and without a doubt I am becoming a humble servant. I will make my mistakes, but I will never turn away from Him again. I am almost speechless. I am not sure what to write because things seem so simple now when just a little while ago they seemed complicated.

I love this song because its true. Together, we are stronger and can survive the unthinkable. Hold the people close to you tight. And never hesitate to tell them you love them. Trust me, sometimes people disappear faster than you ever thought. Tell them you love them. We are only here for a short time, so make the most of it. It starts with waking up in the morning. If you have trouble being happy during the day, start by finding something that truly makes you happy. Whether that is helping others, loving others, doing things for people, etc…make that the reason why you get up in the morning. Take this advice, it is some of the best advice I have ever been given. Without a purpose we float through life. I have been there, I have felt like I was floating before…it sucks. But today, I woke up and lived today with a purpose, and I can’t tell you how happy it made me.

A old philosopher, Servantes, once said that the journey is better than the end. Often of times, when we get to the end and we are disappointed with the outcome. We can’t believe its finally over and we are at the finish line. But often of times we crave the end result, without realizing how fun and important the journey can be. I am on a serious journey right now. Posts ago, you could probably tell how scared I was of going on that unknown path, all on my own. But now, with my faith and my purpose, I know that whatever I encounter on that path, I will make the right decision. I know there will be times where I will be tempted to act against this purpose, but you will see me remove myself from a situation and think it out if that ever becomes the case. I have made impulsive decisions in my life, and they have resulted in bad outcomes. Often Karma had come around and kicked me in the butt. But thats because I wasn’t driven by a serious passion or purpose. With a passion and purpose,there is nothing you cannot be. I’ll give you an example.

When I was hired at Lululemon 6 months ago (my first real stable job) my goal was to be the best educator at the store. Not only did I want to be the best, but I wanted to lead, to establish myself as indispensable, and help to inspire those around me. Now, the people at my store are my family. I couldn’t imagine what I would be without their help in developing me and helping me achieve my dreams. But after achieving those dreams, I wanted more, I wanted to go to the next great thing. Well, I got promoted and now have an amazing opportunity ahead of me to learn and become the best at that. It’s not going to be easy being the Northern California Brand Manager, but I am ready for the task, and ready to soak up as much knowledge as I can. Most of all, as I wrote the other day, I am ready to be vulnerable. I know that I don’t know everything, and neither will I expect myself to know everything. I will keep telling myself there is nothing you cannot be. I am taking this message seriously, as my vision is for great heights, and nothing short of it.

If there is anything that I learned from today, it would be that living your life with passion and purpose is the key to happiness. No one else should determine how happy you are. You, just you, are the only light that you need to make yourself smile. Keep to your faith, whatever your faith may be, and when you need to be carried, have faith that someone is watching over you. We are all pieces of clay, ready to be molded by our own actions. Shape yourself, shape your life into what you want it to be. But you have to start now, not when its convenient or when you are told to. Be your creator.

Evan Sanders
The Better Man Project