Someone yesterday asked me about my long term goals.

The answer flowed out so smoothly it surprised me. Our truth is always there though, isn’t it?! Just waiting to be accepted, uninhibited by the expectations of the world.

I want to write a book; two books actually. I want to give the kids a happy rest of their childhood. I want them to feel how much I love them. I want the three of us to have as much quality time together as possible. Once they are grown, I want to travel a lot and write by the ocean. I want to live a peaceful life. I want to always be there for the kids as their emotionally safe place to land; whether by phone or in person.

I am aware I have been unusually blessed in my life thus far, to see so much, have so much, and most importantly do so much. To go to so many places. To have seen much of the world. All I really want going forward is peace and love. It sounds cliché, but when it comes down to it, who doesn’t?! Also, I want to continue to lead a life of purpose. I want to be there for others in accordance with God’s plans. I want to be there as a source of empathy, compassion and encouragement. A place people can rest their hearts.

When we allow God to lead our lives, how different things look. How different it feels! It feels like relief. Relief and exhilaration at the same time. It is exhilarating because it is unknown, but what you DO know is that it is going to be special, whatever is coming, it is going to be good. It is kind of like an adrenaline rush, but instead of feeling the adrenaline in the physical sense, you feel it in your spirit; in your soul.

No, my long term goal is not to live a happy life. It is to live a meaningful life; a purpose-driven life. Of course I want to be happy. However, the difference is in the focus. The focus is on purpose; happiness is merely a byproduct. Yes, these are my long term goals. What are your long term goals?