Deepali Dutta

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Does every life have a purpose or should we set out to find a purpose to live??

I am in a very confused state of my life …where everything seems blank. Let me explain it better.

I quit my last job, because it dint make me feel good about it. And its been 6 months now,since then I am trying to find a new job. My parents have been taking care of my expenses. And I am thankful.

Now I am sitting still in my room and thinking whats the purpose of my life. I am a very optimistic person.And thus,nothing has torn me apart yet. I see a positive light in every adversity I came across .

But now, I really cant figure out what is it that I am actually seeking.

Am wondering, if this empty state of my life,is just because , the purpose of my life is seeking me .... or should I be focusing on a purpose for my existence.

Are these thoughts coming to me because of the idleness of my mind?
I would really want to know ,how to find the right purpose of my existence, as nothing pulls me down to vain nor do I benefit anybody with this positive attitude of mine.

Should I go with the flow and wait to watch why god actually created me, or find a purpose in life and attempt to achieve it????

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    Oct 2 2012: Mam I think yes we have a purpose and for you please refer my link

    http://www.ted.com/conversations/12727/why_you_or_we_came_to_this_ear.html

    i think you will get it clear
  • Sep 30 2012: What do you like best about yourself?
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    Sep 29 2012: First whether one should have purpose in life or not it's one's own decsion....
    With all empathy to your situation just curious , how leaving a job can creating such an emptiness as you described ? (well that sounds like an indicator of purpose)....

    Doing something which one is passionate about which is not hreat or have harmful intension to others can be an easy way out to find a purpose if one is looking for it.
  • Sep 29 2012: Everyone thinks about this all the time. You are not unique in this regard (that is not meant as an insult by the way)
    The only thing I can think to suggest is the following.

    Most people fall into a job after school because it is the first job they can get. That sets a pattern that is almost impossible to break and they never leave this profession even if it makes them miserable. Believe me; lots of people are miserable in their jobs. This makes no sense to me.
    Secondly, the vast majority of people on this planet will eventually die. This seem inevitable and probably can’t be avoided.
    With that in mind, your life should be about you doing what you love to do such that you do it better than anything else you could possibly do.
    I would be nice if you could make good money at this thing but as long as you can get by, that is good enough for me.
    Your only immortality is the work you have done and the people you have helped. If you can move civilization forward even just a little, you will be a hero.
  • Sep 28 2012: "Does every life have a purpose or should we set out to find a purpose to live?"

    Why do people ask these questions? Do they think god is on ted?
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      Sep 28 2012: Hey John, just taking in some perspectives.... may be that would help me clear the cloud in my mind! Thanks anyways.
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    Sep 28 2012: I think there is value to every life, now matter how seemingly insignificant.

    I'm about to look for a job myself once I'm out of college, so I've also been thinking about what kind of things I want to do. And for me personallly, I've decided that I want to make an impact in education somehow. Not entirely sure how yet though, but I know that's what I want to do.
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      Sep 28 2012: All the best James...I know its so much better to have a direction in life.....Probably that's wat I lack at the moment.
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        Sep 28 2012: Thx you too! I think the answer could be a lot simpler than you think too.

        One of the things I like to do is help others. I just like to do it, and I wouldn't mind making a career out of just helping people.

        If I can confidently answer yes to the question "Do I see myself doing this for the rest of my life", then I feel like it's the right thing to do.
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          Sep 29 2012: i think you have a kind heart ,you shoulder the responsibility of the world .great !
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        Sep 29 2012: @chen xin

        Thanks dude! I hope you and me both can do our best :)
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    Sep 28 2012: See if TED will hire you.

    Worth a shot,i think this is the link

    http://www.ted.com/pages/jobs
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      Sep 28 2012: Ken..Thank you . These are US specific jobs...I am on my hunt for jobs in India. :)
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        Sep 28 2012: Sorry Deepali,silly me,i keep forgetting this organization isn't everywhere.

        Keep your chin up,back straight,and smile,smiling is the one thing that can't be bought.

        We're human Deepali,there will always be moments of indirection,those moments are hidden treasures of possibility,all directions become your cup of tea,you can choose to sip each one or gulp all of them at once.Make it so.

        (Got that last bit from Star Trek)

        Or come add your voice here to ours.
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    Sep 28 2012: It's always easier to know where you are going, and to plan your path... But it's not always possible. I think that you just need to do the thing you feel comfortable with, and as long as you are happy, you are doing the right thing. Don't worry too much, It's unhealthy and eventually you will find your own personal path without planing and seeking.

    "Cat: Where are you going?
    Alice: Which way should I go?
    Cat: That depends on where you are going.
    Alice: I don’t know.
    Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go."

    )) Much luck, and hoped it was helpful!
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      Sep 28 2012: as for me .i don't have a very clean goal.
      i live a life full of changes .. maybe today i am very happy tomorrow maybe i am not happy
      maybe today i can sit in front of my laptop all day .tomorrow i will have a trip .i dont not think too much about my goal or my next perpose.
      now outside my dormitory there is a sing match ! i am very comfortable to lisen at the same time chatting on ted ...
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      Sep 28 2012: Chen...Thank you for contributing. Yes we cant predict future ..but I guess a momentary planning would be very helpful.
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        Sep 29 2012: i will get one and have a try
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      Sep 28 2012: Daniel Semenov......I like the insight.Thank you.