Why Are You Here? by Robert M. Sherfield, Ph.D.

Do you sit around thinking of an answer to this question on a daily basis? Probably not. It is not a question that many people ponder on a daily or even yearly basis, but it is a question that needs to be examined when searching for purpose.

Earlier, the ancient Sanskrit word dharma was mentioned. Dharma means purpose in life. According to this word, you have a rare gift, a unique talent, and an uncommon way of bringing that gift to life.

Have you discovered your dharma? Have you given thought to why you are here? Discovering your gifts can very well lead you to your purpose, which in turn can lead you to healthier self-esteem.

Ask yourself a few questions. What are your unique talents? What are your unique abilities? What do you do that you don’t see anyone else doing? What can you do that you see others doing but not as well as you do? What aptitudes and powers do you have that you simply don’t see exercised every day? Answering these questions can help you find your purpose.

Let’s turn this around for a moment and look at it from the negative side. Sometimes, finding your purpose, and indeed your esteem, comes from looking at what you do not do well, and then changing your actions accordingly.


“Everyone has a purpose in life … a unique gift or special talent to give others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”

— Deepak Chopra

So, what is it that you do on a daily basis that you do not do very well? What do you do on a daily basis that you do not enjoy doing? What do you do that does not bring you joy? What do you do that does not serve humanity and make the world a better place?

Answering those questions can help you better identify the things that you do well, enjoy doing, and the things that bring goodness into the world.


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