In one of last week’s blog postings I featured a reflective comment from Gregory Knight, Department Head, Laboratory Services, U.S. Navy, that he posted at the bottom of my article “True to Our Souls.”Click here to read it..” That prompted Linda Morelli, Michael Darmody, and Ravi Tangri to add their insightful thoughts and feedback to the bottom of the article. In doing so, they recharged some of my own purpose and meaning.

Linda’s reaffirmation of “I must find the courage to follow my heart” could be taken right out of all the recent happiness research. She’s right on track; living a life of meaning and fulfillment is one of the golden keys to happiness. It’s a reminder we all need occasionally when financial, prestige, power, or external factors tempt us to mute our heart’s still small voice.

I have certainly had my share of those “doubt days” that Michael refers to in his comment. As he experienced, that’s when we most need to stay refocused on our vision, values, and purpose. And this is especially critical during these times of economic turmoil and uncertainty.

Ravi’s point about these turbulent times being an opportunity to start looking at things in new ways is excellent. I sure agree with him. And I hope more people will resist jumping right back into the “mad dash” when our economies pick up again. By training, Ravi actually is a rocket scientist. His “Life is Not Rocket Science” blog at http://ravitangri.typepad.com/life/ is thoughtful and insightful.

You can read Linda, Michael, and Ravi’s comments at the bottom of the article at http://dev.clemmergroup.com/personal_vision_values_and_purpose/true_to_our_souls_5.php#josc304. Please add your own observations, experience, or advice about this conversation.

If you’re interested in this topic, here are a few more articles for you:

How I Express My Personal Purpose
The determination to live out my purpose and dreams has been a strong personal motivator. It makes me wonder just how many unrealized dreams have died with their dreamers. More

Leadership on Purpose
Pursuing profits without a higher purpose or pursuing a purpose without profit are equally fatal strategies. Profits follow from worthy and useful purposes. Fulfilling the purpose comes first, and then the profits follow. More

Living on Purpose
Our values are what we value. Each of us has a hierarchy of values, which set our priorities — occasionally conflicting with each other creating many paradoxes to be balanced and managed. More

If you’re really into this topic and want even more, these are from a bigger collection of articles on Deepening Spirit, Meaning, and Purpose at http://dev.clemmergroup.com/deepening_spirit_meaning_and_purpose_title/deepening_spirit_meaning_and_purpose.php.