Purpose of Life

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Recently I have heard the same quote on two different mediums (a book and a podcast) and it goes like this:

The purpose of life is to have a life of purpose.  

I loved it!  This just seems to resonate with me.  I finally feel my own purpose in life after removing most of the distractions of third parties(administrators, insurers, etc) from it.  I am really doing the job I wanted to do.  I am the doctor I envisioned myself to be while in medical school. Sure I write about some nasty stuff about our broken healthcare system but that is just plain fun.  That being said, I saw this article called 7 STRANGE QUESTIONS THAT HELP YOU FIND YOUR LIFE PURPOSE and it not only made me laugh but it made me think.  Please take a look at it and see if it helps you too. Here are Mark Manson’s questions but you really need to read the whole thing in order to get it into perspective:

  1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FLAVOR OF SHIT SANDWICH AND DOES IT COME WITH AN OLIVE?
  2. WHAT IS TRUE ABOUT YOU TODAY THAT WOULD MAKE YOUR 8-YEAR-OLD SELF CRY?
  3. WHAT MAKES YOU FORGET TO EAT AND POOP?
  4. HOW CAN YOU BETTER EMBARRASS YOURSELF?
  5. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SAVE THE WORLD?
  6. GUN TO YOUR HEAD, IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE THE HOUSE ALL DAY, EVERY DAY, WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
  7. IF YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO DIE ONE YEAR FROM TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO AND HOW WOULD YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Purpose of Life

  1. MACF
    September 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Reading the original article is strongly recommended.
    The problem with health care is that administrators are making harder and harder to get the olive in the sandwich…

  2. fredlave
    September 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Reminds me of a story I heard years ago:
    A man became obsessed to find the meaning of life. He read philosophical works and consulted the world’s leading wise men, many of whom suggested he speak to a swami who lived on a mountain top in the Hindu Kush. After trekking across India and climbing to the mountain top cave of the swami.
    “Oh wise swami what is the meaning of life?”
    “My son, life is like a river.”
    ” A river?”
    “Well, maybe a Persian carpet.”
    And that explains the mystery of the meaning of life.

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