Pursue Your Purpose

So my nifty planner that I purchased last month is all being aware and fulfilling the dreams that you have pushed aside for so long. This month the theme is to pursue your purpose. In the overview of February there is an excerpt about pursuing your purpose and a nice quote from Buddha.

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it” -Buddha

I often find myself pondering what it is that I was put on this Earth to do and honestly I find myself wondering that even more lately. I am currently pursing my master’s degree and I find myself thinking what’s next? What do I want to be when I grow up? What am I really passionate about? And lately I find that I cannot answer those questions. I feel like I am back to that scene from Nemo where all the fish escape from the fish tank in little bags of water and are floating in the ocean; what now? I am in a weird sort of limbo that I am unsure of how to progress from. Is this a normal feeling to be having? I sure hope it is.

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Recently family was visiting because there was a death in my family and everyone would ask me what I was doing, “school” always being my answer, and it seems to me that they think that I do nothing but school and that I will never do anything other than school. I think that people, especially older people, need to realize that things aren’t the way that they use to be. You cannot just get a job right out of college, because your dad has a friend that knows someone who works for _______. Getting a job requires so much more from a person now and it is befuddling that my family does not realize this. Okay, yes I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up and surely that is off-putting to some but please stop sounding so disappointed that I am pursuing my education. Because if you stop for two seconds and read what Buddha once said, my purpose is to find my purpose, and maybe, just maybe all of this schooling is how I will find my purpose. Maybe my job in the pharmacy is part of the path that leads me to my purpose in life.

I just need everyone to stop for a second and remember that while awareness of purpose may be blatantly obvious to one person there are going to be people who have to work at finding what that purpose is and it is going to take some time. So please bear with me (us), the path that leads to one’s purpose is not always clear and it surely does not need any additional roadblocks in the way.

Being a solid support system is the best assist you can give to someone who is finding their footing in life, no matter what their age is. We all need someone in our corner, remember that the next time you ask someone what they are doing with their life, and especially keep it in mind when you feel the need to roll your eyes or make a snarky comment.

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Jawbone for the win

A couple of months ago I posted about how I got the Jawbone UP activity tracker to help me track my steps and help to keep me on my fitness goals. Well I am still wearing it and loving it everyday and recently I started to love it a little more.

So the tracker has little lights on it; a sun and a moon, and when you switch between functions like sleep, or exercise or when you have an alarm vibration go off the little lights light up. For whatever reason (technology sometimes evades me) the little sun light stopped working and it didn’t really seem to bother me until I couldn’t tell if my band was in awake or sleep mode, or if it tracked my exercise that I logged.

The iPhone app for the band is pretty nifty it has a troubleshooting section and it literally walks you through what might be wrong with your bands (and they include pictures, I found these to be super helpful). So I tried to just troubleshoot my band and see what happened. For awhile the little sun would work and then it stopped working again and I kind of was getting annoyed by it. I get weird about things sometimes, if it’s supposed to have these little lights then gosh they should just work and they shouldn’t die after months of having the band.

So I went back to the app to troubleshoot; no dice, it still wasn’t working. So in the fashion of most websites there was a “contact us” button, I clicked it. Upon clicking the button the next screen was a screen that had all the information about my band: size, color, serial number, etc. I explained the problem that I was experiencing and hit send. Not even within 24 hours a customer service person got back to me and asked me to provide them with my name, address, and store where I bought my band. Again I provided the information and hit send. This time the next response was almost immediate, the customer service person said they were sending me a replacement band. I am not going to lie I felt like I was being tricked, the process was way too easy and smooth. I feel like we live in a world where things just don’t happen like that anymore and that they would want it back to diagnosis it; make sure I didn’t get water in it or something crazy. Nope they just said ok we will replace it… ah-mazing. (I love good customer service)

A couple days later I got a tracking number for my new band, and probably within a week’s time I got the replacement band.

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The new band is exactly like my old band but less worn and the lights to the sun and moon are green rather than red. Jawbone also sent a prepaid shipping label so all I have to do is throw my old one in an envelope and call it a day. For the record I haven’t shipped my other one back yet and I kind of feel like a jerk, I don’t what they would do if I didn’t return it since they don’t have any way of charging me for it. I don’t want to find out what would happen, I am going to mail it tomorrow I swear!

Like I mentioned earlier in the week, I wanted to write about products I dig and I think are worth the money and for me Jawbone is one of those companies that I would buy from again and again. As far as their products go this is the only one that I own, but I have been interested for sometime in their Jambox speakers. I have friends who own them and love them. And if their customer service for their speakers is anything like what I experienced for the band I would not feel like I had anything to worry about especially since the speaker is a little on the pricey side.

Are their companies that you feel like go above and beyond your expectations? Tell me about them, I love finding out about new companies that are worthy of my hard earned money.

 

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6/25/14