Dr. Stretcher says having a low purpose is a significant risk factor in your life, such as smoking or being obese. He says negative experiences in our lives, including a pandemic, can force us to take a closer look at what's really important and help us learn what matters most. He says people often find their purpose during difficult times in their lives and often grow from those experiences.
Dr. Stretcher defines purpose as a goal or set of goals set around the things that matter most.
He suggests looking back in a year from now...a year into the pandemic and asking yourself:
- Did you discover strengths you didn't know you had before?
- Did you find new pathways in your life?
- New values that you care about more now then you did a year ago?
If you did, maybe you have achieved some degree of growth and a strengthened sense of purpose to carry you through in the days ahead.
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