A Moment of Purpose

 High in the French Alps,
Alone in the beauty
Of snow covered mountains,
Towering above a clear blue lake,
I walked without seeming purpose,
My mind turned inwards, seeking answers
To unformed questions.

A casual glance across the lake,
Back to the high country
Coincided with a brief but powerful break
In the clouds shrouding the mountain tops.

In a blaze of glory; mountain, valley,
Lake and field glowed
With a beauty that startled
And then enveloped me.

And then the sun was gone again,
And shadows lengthened,
And mists swirled.

But that shaft of light lived on in me,
And I walked on with purpose,
Intent on finding my way                       Of sharing the beauty
And importance of that moment.

Graham Forbes        © 1990

Have you had a moment like this, a magical coincidence in time that gave you a sense of yourself that was beyond the ordinary and everyday concerns? Did it feel like you were in the right place, at the right time, doing just what you should be doing? Some people think of this as being on soul purpose, and it might be, but why does it not last?

I had my lovely flash of oneness with the universe and walked back to the village in the French Alps with a sense of contentment and love for all. But within an hour I was conscious of feelings of loneliness and disconnection, and no matter what I did or said to myself, I could not retain the former feelings of being at peace with myself and the world.

So does this mean that when I am feeling uneasy and discontented I am off purpose? In someways I think that this is true, but it is also possible that overcoming doubts and fears is part of the purpose of the journey of my life. If I were to consider only the times when life unfolds in a way that I can understand and accept and trust, as being on soul purpose, then I would also have to accept that for more than 90% of my day I am off track, and operating without a sense of higher purpose.

I tend to think that the idea of a soul purpose is given a sense of magical spirituality unrelated to the mundane of every day challenges, but perhaps it is in the way we approach the mundane that we discover the purpose in our lives. For me, I have observed many small moments in my life when I have felt that I had a purpose in being where I was, doing what I was doing, and being how I chose to be at the time. Very few of these moments were grand life changing and earth shattering moments, but they were special to me, and many times I was aware that they were important to others in ways I could not have imagined. I think of these moments as being on soul purpose, and a good day is one in which I have maintained the awareness that I am impacting on other people’s lives with every interaction, and I hope that those interactions carry a sense of acceptance, respect and lightness.

I hope your days have many moments of giving and receiving smiles,


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Is there a Purpose to My Life?

Getting my hands dirty.

Hello and welcome to the first blog for onsoulpurpose.com. My name is Graham Forbes and I have launched this website to open a discussion about Life Purpose. I suspect if you are reading this, you have your  own thoughts and questions about what your life is all about. I also understand that the title of my site could stimulate a whole range of interesting questions, such as, “Is there a soul?“, “Does there have to be a purpose to life?“, “Who decides if I am living out a purposeful life?“. These are all great questions that I look forward to exploring with you by exposing and sharing my thoughts and experiences gathered and and formulated over many years, but still evolving.

On this site you will find ideas and concepts about,

  • Who we are,
  • What life is all about?
  • Is there a plan and a purpose?
  • If there is a purpose, what is mine?
  • How do I know if I am living my purpose?
  • How can I live a life that is on soul purpose?

This site is not about a specific set of beliefs, or any religion. My intention is to offer thoughts and concepts that have come out of my life experiences and may be useful for anyone who is wondering about their life, and whether there is a point to all the daily experiences, challenges, successes and frustrations.

I do not have answers, I am offering the opportunity for dialogue, discussion, debate and hopefully, mutual learning. My intent is to offer content that may stimulate the thinking and perspective of the reader, assist the achievement of a sense of understanding and acceptance, and, in doing so, enhance the experience of the individual journey we are all undertaking.

Over many years, I have had periods of creativity that have resulted in poems that have expressed my own thinking and experiences, and I will be posting these from time to time on the site. If you are wondering what I think about who I am, these lines from a poem I wrote over 20 years ago is a good insight.

I am flesh,

And I am spirit,

Hungry for the sensations of life,

Yet needing nothing for my fulfilment.

see the full poem

I hope you will find this site a good place to come back to every  now and then, especially when you have questions about how your life is going. In my experience, sometimes we just need to ask the question, to begin the process of opening up to answers that work for us. I hope you will join me and add your ideas and thoughts, and together we might discover more of who we are, and who we can be.

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More to come soon, I wish you well,

Graham Forbes

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