Having a purpose is the difference between making a living and making a life.  Tom Thiss

Making a living may be simply paying the bills and getting by. Or making a living may be going for the big bucks, the successful career, and the name in your field. Making a living may mean you aspire to live in a big house and drive the best car, or it may mean you are free to travel and indulge in your hobbies. Making a living may be all you’ve ever asked for from your work or career.

Making a life, however, is about the sum total of the life you are living. Not just success and work and money, but also relationships, health, creativity, and self-expression. Making a life is living the life you choose and creating the life of your dreams—not purely in form (although it may include form) but more in experience and the quality of every day. In addition, making a life is giving your gift and your contribution to the world. It means you know what fulfills you and what you have to give.
Making a living can become depressing. Making a life is always about expressing Spirit in, through, and as you.

Spiritual Contemplation: What’s the difference between making a living and making a life? How does knowing your purpose make the difference? Which one are you doing?

Affirmation: I am making a life through my choices and activities. I express my purpose and my being through all the ways I contribute to the world.