This is a word that demands attention. Commitment. Focus. Seriousness.
We all seek purpose in our lives. Without purpose we are lost. Stranded. Without purpose we have no direction. That's why we look for something or someone to give us the praise - validation - that we sometimes desperately seek. The validation that will reassure us our lives have purpose. But, external validation is not what we need.
As a mom, my purpose is to support my children as they carve out unique paths in the world. Although I cautiously dole out advice, it is just that. Advice. What my children do with it, and everything else they encounter, is what makes their life their own. As a young mom, I was drawn to Khalil Gibran's poem about how parents are simply conduits for their children to this life. As they grow older, we need to let them go. They need to make their own way in life. They need to define their own purpose.
In my relationship with my spouse, we have a shared pu…