Purpose and Happiness
This is true joy in life: the being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap: the being a force of nature instead of a little clot of illnesses complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950
What happiness is, no person can say for another; but no-one, I am sure, can be happy who lives only for himself. The joy of living comes only from immersion in something – anything – bigger, better, more enduring, worthier than we humans are. People, ideas, causes – these are for the one possible escape – not merely from selfishness, but from the hungers of solitude and the sorrows of aimlessness. Don’t turn your back deliberately on the procession. Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little. We owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from dedicating ourselves to a purpose.
John Mason Brown 1900-1969 (commenting on Shaw)
Indeed, you are here as a part of a great cause. You are that place where God shines through. There is no way for God to express finitely. You are infinite. In realising your true identity, you have no longer a selfish motive. You have nothing to get because you already have the power of that infinite One; therefore, the purpose of your unfoldment is that you may be a revelation to those who have not yet awakened to that truth. You are here as a part of that cause. Your purpose is to be the Light; to let that Light shine, that those who are not yet illumined may find in you a hope.
Joel Goldsmith: Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture p14-15