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What Is Life All About? How Do I Find My Purpose? 12 Paths To Find The Meaning Of Life
on July 25, 2012
What is Life All About? How Do I Find My Purpose?
12 Paths to Find the Meaning of Life by Jerry Lopper
By Kathy Warnes
In between bouts of our busy lives, we all wonder what life is all about and what our purpose in life might be. Reading Jerry Lopper’s e book, What is Life All About? How Do I Find My Purpose? 12 Paths to Find the Meaning of Life, is a good way to being a journey into selfhood by looking deeply into yourself.
In Chapter One, the author articulates three questions that human beings since the time of Socrates have grappled to answer:
“What is life all about?
How do I find my purpose?
What is the meaning of life?”
Lopper continues by emphasizing to readers that no one can define an individual’s life purpose except the individual involved, but he does give a practical application for life purpose when he says: “Your life purpose should be valid for your entire lifetime. You’ll experience your purpose in different ways based on the activities appropriate to your stage of life, but your purpose remains the same.”
One of his practical exercises involves having a person think about people that he or she greatly admires and writing down the qualities they admire. Identifying qualities they admire focuses a person’s attention on those qualities and encourages them to evaluate how many of those qualities they possess, want to possess, and will work on their character to possess.
Chapter Five, “What Do You Love to Do?” helps people identify the activities that bring them the most joy in their lives. Chapter Seven poses the question: “What Did You Like To Do When You Were Eight?” and it is a fun and illuminating foray into childhood pleasures that become transmuted into adulthood in different ways or should be! It is an exercise in self discovery with a detour down memory lane.
Chapter Nine, “You Won the Lottery!” poses the thought provoking and self revealing question of what a person would do if they won enough money in the lottery to be financially independent for life. The scenario helps a person explore what is really important to them, things that sometimes are buried under the necessity of earning a living and hustle and bustle of daily life.
In Chapters Ten and Eleven, Lopper addresses the issue of legacy by asking a provocative question: “What is Your Legacy?” This chapter and the exercise of writing your eulogy in Chapter Eleven encourage a person to examine their legacy and the state of their life while they can still change its direction and content.
“Stream of Consciousness,” Chapter Twelve, contains suggestions that help a person to connect with their inner thoughts and conduct some self examination. Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen stray a little from the strictly self help, positive psychology model because they discuss number patterns and their meaning and hiring a life coach for better guidance into yourself. They aren’t as personhood focused as the other chapters.
The author recommends books in Chapter Fifteen, and he uses Chapter Sixteen to recapitulate and summarize his message. He also includes a Happiness Workbook and a Happiness Questionnaire as hands-on tools to reinforce his message. The value of the book lies in Jerry Lopper’s skill in being a motivator and teacher and providing tools for a person to use to apply the insights they have arrived at themselves. His probing questions encourage a person to look inward. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a gentle push to get to know themselves better and have some fun while doing so.
The book is not an abstract exercise in self congratulation; it is another step toward self affirmation with hands on exercises that make it resonate even more in the concrete reality of our everyday lives.