1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

Do you know your mission? (Poll) July 27, 2009

What is “a mission”? Not sure about the correct English term (in German I would call it Berufung, in Russian – призвание). In my understanding a mission is an occupation in which one can apply his/her talents at the most and thus serve the humanity.

Some people say it makes life so much easier if you know your mission.

I know people who know their mission but suffer from limited possibilities to fulfil it.

I know people with plenty of possibilities and no clue about their mission…

Where is the truth?

Let’s try to figure it out:


Now, after 2 days since I posted it, let’s see the results of the poll.

First question: Do you know your mission? votes – 21

yes I do: 45%

no, I have no idea -27%

not sure – 23%

other – 5%

Second question: Do you think it is useful to know your mission in life? votes -16

yes, I believe it is very important! -53%

yes, I think it can help to choose the right occupation/profession- 24%

no, I think it is better to try many things out and not to fix oneself on one path- 12%

Other -6%

may be it is useful but I can do without it 0%

Conclusion: It is good to hear that almost the halth of the voters know their mission in life! Although I suspect it is not representative for the world polulation. As far as I know most of my readers are seeking for the high purpose in life, are very introspective and deep people. No wonder many have found it out already. Intrestingly, no one wanted to do without a mission 🙂

LOVE, axinia

(image by me)


29 Responses to “Do you know your mission? (Poll)”

  1. bernard Says:

    good question! already the term “mission” could be discussed in length! even more the answers itself 😉

    for me it’s (in business language) the “mission statement”, the one-liner, rather high-level
    but it gets more detailed the older i get 🙂

    • axinia Says:

      under “mission” i meant the German word “Berufung” – is it something what you also mean? Otherwise it would be great if you would write some lines on your understanding of this word.

      • bernard Says:

        was a “winking” question, i was asked such questions often during workshops and interviews…

        yes, i think we have the same understanding (considering also your definition in the post).

        for me the question is about the “level of detail”
        i tend more to “yes” than to “not sure” because i think i have a “rough idea”, a “big picture” that is already specific to my person (going a little more into detail than “using my talents for the better of the world” 😉 ).
        could i explain it in all details, could i write a book about it? i would have to say no… 😉

        but as i said, it gets more detailed the older i get 🙂

  2. CECE Says:

    Yes! : ) My mission in life is to help the world & ease the suffering of all beings. I know in my heart that world peace is possible. I have many more personal goals but that is what I feel my purpose is.

  3. pooyan Says:

    I read from you that if you have an aim in life, you may live longer! That’s why I do have a mission in my life … 😉
    apart from joke side, there are lots of good thing to do to people, much to bring and to share with everyone.
    So many candles to enlighten still ! 😉

  4. Rambler Says:

    i guess I am one of those believes the mission of life is discovering your mission

    • bernard Says:

      i think a part of our lives is dedicated to understanding our mission.
      for me it’s a smooth transition. the more one understand ones mission the more one can live it.

  5. alfon Says:

    i agree with the statement in yours post too many people, they don’t know what theu really-really want. all they do is just complain everything

  6. ajalota Says:

    I’m currently asking this qu: “what is my directive in life?” I know I want to make a positive impact on the world, the qu is a matter of when and how. I patiently wait, but I am eager to learn.

    In the meanwhile, live, love, and laugh.

  7. Dev Says:

    I think that in life, ambition is redundant. Mission is everything.

    • swaps Says:

      Ambition is redundant :-O

      A life without ambition is dead
      A life with ambition, but no love is dead

      • axinia Says:

        I think I never had any ambition, I mean i never wanted to reach anything. Thing just keep coming to me and I pick up the opportunities. It is a pleasant way of life 🙂

  8. makrand Says:

    Well the definition of mission given by u made me choose the last option. I don’t have particular mission in life but I do know certain things which I want to do in life which include both personal needs and humanity.

  9. Dmitri Says:

    i have to say, that i dont now my mission in life, i have the desire to do good in all occusions, but a spacific path is not visibale to me.

  10. I was reading the ‘Passion Test’ by Jaet and Chris Attwood and foun two interesting quotes:
    “God has given us our “marching orders”. Our purpose here on Earth is to find those orders and carry them out. Those orders acknowledge our special gifts;
    -Soren Kierkedgaard .
    “We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy, on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. I gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.”
    -Earl Nightingale

  11. Kikillkinrel Says:

    как говориться, Без пользы жить – безвременная смерть.

  12. Nita Says:

    The mission thing applies more to people who have their basic needs of housing, food,education, leisure etc met. maslow’s need heirachy. It’s when all our desires are fulfilled that we want a “mission.” This doesn’t apply to everyone ofcourse. There are some people who are basically driven to a mission from a young age, whatever their circumstances. But the majority is not like that.

  13. Glad to see the results, Axinia! 😉

    I voted for “I know my mission” and “mission is very important” 🙂

  14. kanagu Says:

    I am taking mission as the purpose of a life here… As I have said earlier, it is the one which gives the happiness and a sense of satisfaction… which we wont get while doing other things… and also it will differ from one to another based upon lot of factors like surrounding, economic condition, family… etc

    • axinia Says:

      kanagu, I think I cannot agree on your last sentence. In my case, I am sure I could be able to fulfill my mission in any case, in whatever country I would be living, whatever surroundings…can’t say for others, but for me it is clear.

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