Life Purpose (High)
Jackie has many of the characteristics and outlooks that define a strong Life Purpose. About where her life is headed she says, “I tend to not really worry about a whole lot.” She elaborates, “I’m not a depressed person, so there really hasn’t been anything that’s really made me super sad. Yeah, and I really—I don’t live in [a] sad world. I try to avoid [a] sad world.” In this way Jackie exemplifies the low level of depression in the Life Purpose factor. She goes on to talk about her perspective on life: “I tend to—I tend to be a content person, a half-full person versus a half-empty person. When I look at what I have, I’m very thankful for what I have versus always wanting more.” In terms of the most important things in her life, she says:
Most important things in life. Well, because I’m a Christian, I really believe that one of the most important things is to maintain a relationship with Jesus. And to actually cultivate that, which I’m not doing a very good job of. But then, as a part of that, then to live that out in my life; to be a reflection of Christ in his life, and to love others... . There’s all kinds of important things in life, but they’re all supposed to, and do, come out of that relationship; like being a good mom, or being a good wife, and being a good employee and an honest employee, and to have high standards for myself, as far as honesty and integrity.
When asked how she has come to this orientation, she replied, “Growing up in a Christian home, being taught from a young age, reading the Bible from a young age.”
Jackie describes herself as having a fairly good amount of control. I’m a control freak. I gotta have some control.” She continued, “I know I don’t control it all, but I think I control how I respond and how I, you know, what the effect is. So, yeah, I’m not total control, but I’m probably fairly close.” She elaborates:
Well, for the most part, it means that I choose my attitude too.
I mean, that’s definitely my mantra. And I don’t quite know how to preach it to my daughter, but that you have to choose to look at the glass as half-full instead of choosing to always look at it as half-empty. That you choose how you respond to what happens to you because you don’t always get to choose what happens to you.