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Maybe it’s fair to say that if you don’t know your purpose in life, you won’t be spending much time working on it. A perfect example is our Dominican youth today. I can’t help to ask myself, if they don’t know their purpose in life what will they end up doing with all extra time on their hands. It’s obvious they’re not spending that time working on their needs or the needs of other people and their purpose.

If you don’t know your purpose, the limit of the work you do for yourself will be wedged at the level of need, which at best usually grows into greed. Again I can’t help to stress on how most of our youths in Dominica and 9 out off 10-times find themselves in this situation. Not particularly fulfilling spending your whole life this way.

On the other hand, when you know your purpose and live it consciously each day, you’re free. No one else owns you. Whether you run your own business or work for someone else, you always see yourself as self-employed. You lead your own life, and although others may hold authority over you in some situations, you focus on what you can control and don’t whine about what you can’t, and in so doing, your influence expands to the point that you become a leader no matter what your formal position. Your leadership comes from knowing your purpose.

To break free of working on your owners’ goals, you have to know your own purpose. And this means you have to empty your head of all your owners’ thoughts and conditioning and get deep down, where your thoughts are clear and calm, where you once again remember who you really are.

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5 Comments »

Comment by Dan
2008-03-25 13:00:26

This and the previous essay are excellent, Chris!

 
Comment by Joel Halfwassen
2008-03-26 01:08:31

I have to admit ignorance on Dominica and stumbled on this site and have found it quite interesting.

So…out of ignorance…What is it that you feel the youth of Dominica are doing instead of working? And what alternatives for youth are there on the island?

Joel

 
Comment by Dan
2008-03-26 22:33:35

One of the problems is that there are so few alternatives. That in turn causes youth to become discourages and even sometimes to drop out of education.

Dominica is a natural paradise. It is too easy for us outsiders (we are American who will soon retire there) to say what ought to be done to preserve that beauty, because we can afford what most people in Dominica can’t. How to enable Dominicans to truly control their destiny and simultaneously protect their jewel of a country is a paradoxical problem!

I hope that Chris can answer your query better than I can. He is one Dominican who has worked hard to improve his lot, and not to simply accept an imposed destiny.

 
Comment by Joel Halfwassen
2008-03-27 15:25:25

Is Dominica a country that relies on the community to provide youth resources (like we do in the USA) or does it rely on the government (like in Europe)?

 
Comment by Dan
2008-03-27 15:37:14

Joel, Dominica is a poor debtor nation. It hasn’t the resources to provide resources as the USA does. I suggest you check Dominica (not the Dominican Republic, by the way) on Google, Wikipedia, and this site to learn more; or visit the Nature Island.

 
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