The Purpose of Your Life – The Weary Whisperer

“What do you think is the main thread or theme of your life?.” – Carol Adrienne

The Purpose of Your Life by Carol Adrienne is one of a million billion kazillion books about finding … yes… the purpose of your life.

Adrienne is the co-author of The Celestine Prophecy Experiential Guide which goes along with the original The Celestine Prophecy <– link to my post. I used to have the guide but got rid of it in one of my (in)famous purges. It was pretty-much a deeper dive into already deeply-dove-en (ha! I know that’s not a word) waters.

Who is Adrienne? Welp, she’s a Ph.D. numerologist and life coach. That’s interesting and a little different, right?

And this book has one of those fancy gold stickers that says: As seen on Oprah. So yeah, there’s that.

The theme of the book is tapping into your gut… intuition… and I can certainly get on board with that, too!

Hmmm.

Maybe today isn’t a good day for me to be writing about this book. I’m feeling snarky.

*sigh*

Here’s what’s bothering me… and I’ll begin at the beginning…

This book is fine! It’s filled with lists and ideas and tons of inspirational quotes. It’s well-written… part memoir, part narrative, part self-help tome. There are steps to follow and blanks to fill in.

In short, it’s just like a bunch of others. Like, a whole whack of ’em.

Forbes List

Nerdy Creator’s List

Goodreads List

And even the extensive Goodreads list doesn’t have this particular book on it. I know, that was mean to mention. What does it all mean? Yeah, I’m being a snark. Why?

Because… and oh my god, I can’t believe I’m gonna say this but here goes … I could have *very easily* written this book.

Jealous much? Yeah, a little actually.

I’ve been trying to find the purpose of my life for 30 years. Probably longer but definitely since then. I thought I’d found it when I got the job at the college (working with people with disabilities) and years later at the cat center (working with cats). I self-sabotaged myself right out of both places, with a little help from friends (said with more than a tongue in my cheek, if you know what I mean).

I thought I’d found my purpose when I started writing this blog and then my own self-help book. But something wasn’t right so I put it aside and finished a middle-grade chapter book I’d begun years ago instead. So far, it’s been a barn burner with one potential publisher sending a rejection letter (email, actually).

Ugh.

So yeah, I’m a little annoyed. What does it have to do with this book?

Nothing. But I *made it* have something to do with it. I’m so talented like that.

Double Ugh.

So, don’t listen to me on this one. It’s NOT AT ALL a bad book. It isn’t even kinda bad. It’s quite good actually… especially if it’s your first dip into self-help waters.

I will end with a quote from the book that I found quite illuminating… and perhaps is something I should revisit:

It had never occurred to me that feeling empty might actually be a route to something deeper and richer within. – Tony Schwartz

Am I feeling empty? Maybe. Maybe not. But I’m feeling something… and it doesn’t feel good. I’m gonna go ahead and blame the book. <— I’m kidding, I think.

7 comments

  1. It changed my outlook completely, from total self abnegation to a level of operational ecstasy which remains to this day, twenty five years later.

    She goes into the prisons, you know — and when she comes out The lifers say the walls are not made of cement any more. They’re made of rainbows. Serious as a heart attack.

    Please remember that when I needed someone one hundred percent real, with her head in the clouds and her boots on the ground, to get me over the hump — that person was you alone — and try to love yourself like I do.

    Mwa, darlin’. Mwa, mwa.

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  2. It’s funny. I’ve been thinking that for saturated topics like this, that the benefit that books like this provide is a perspective that may resonate with some people that the dozens of other similar books may not.

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