What would you have me do?


In these times of struggle and discord


When I feel alone and insecure


When the road ahead seems full of twists and turns

that I am not ready to face


Shall I forge on ahead

with no clear direction

no clues as to which road to wander


No idea of what I am here to learn

What I am here to do

What my soul came here to express…





What is the purpose of life?

That is a huge question that I dare say is very hard to answer, and as we are all unique individuals there is no one size fits all answer.

What I do know is that the easiest way to answer that question is by being willing to ask many more questions to narrow the possibilities. Then you find the answers, answers that were there all along, that energetically resonate at the level of truth to your soul.

I never realized until recently that I had mastered the art of asking questions to find whatever information I desired. Friends nicknamed me, “Baba WaWa,” and even my mother recently commented that I “was a pain in the neck” as a child, because if my eyes were open I constantly asked questions. (Let’s just say that since I have a smartphone and can google 24 hours a day, I am somewhat less annoying ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

When I thought about “asking,” I realized that while I am very good at asking informational questions, I suck at asking for help. Then I thought about the people I know and realized not very many were really good at asking for help. And when I thought about the people I know, I realized they could ALL use some help. Who amongst us couldn’t?

So, while I walk on my journey called life and continue to search for meaning and purpose, I want to be able to not only ask questions for information but to also ask for help! And conversely, I want to be able to answer questions for informational purposes, but I also want to be there, open, ready, and willing to answer a cry for help.

I have a feeling that my purpose in life is intimately tied to asking and receiving, and receiving and giving. It seems kind of simple when I narrow it down to that.


Lorrie <3


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  1. I try to help those who ask me for help. Especially the elderly, kids,and the disabled.
    As for myself being single without immediate family I’ve learned to do for myself. I can only rely on me and nobody else. Other the years I’ve become more self reliant. If I asked or waited for people to help me I’d never get anything done. I don’t bother people with my problems even though I face serious health issues. I must face reality and deal with the cards handed to me.

    1. Ah…DeBorah! Yes, I know that you are reluctant to ask for help…and I know that was probably borne from someone who disappointed you in the past. I get it…in fact I am sure that the vast majority of people who don’t ask for help have gotten there because of a past disappointment.
      I know how hard it is to forget something like that and to move ahead…and that is because I also live it.
      Here’s to trying…and I really do try…and I hope that you can also.
      p.s. and I KNOW you help others…<3

      1. I asked for help from the V.A. expecting because I am a Veteran but alas I don’t qualify for assistance. My disabilities are not service related nor do I qualify for housing assistance which I desperately need. There’s no one left to ask. If the Veterans administration can’t help me then I’m a lost cause. I must accept this and do my best to adapt to the situation.

        1. Sorry to hear that, DeBorah. I would agree with the need to adapt. And I wasn’t aware that the V.A. would only help if you suffered with a service related issue…

          Does anyone out there know any info that could help DeBorah?

          1. However the VA will pay for my funeral. Go Figure.
            Next month on my vacation in March I will spend an entire day at the doctors office. If I’m lucky I might qualify for Disability before I fall down the subway stairs. Such is life.

              1. Thanks. I’m dead tired but I must go to work. Even though I should be resting I force myself to keep going otherwise I’ll be starving and out on the streets.

  2. Hi Lorrie. I love that you are willing to keep asking questions and this might even be tied to your purpose. And yes, for many of us it is hard to ask for help. Ideally, we would live in a fluid dance of freely giving and receiving instead of hoarding and fighting over so much.

    Hugs and blessings my friend.

    1. Yes!! Yes, Brad! I suppose we are all on our own journey so it stands to reason that we would all be at different places at any given time. That, at least, is the only way I can work it out in my mind. And if we are able to walk and learn…AND ASK…then I have to believe that everything is exactly as it should be (even the things that seem so TERRIBLE!) because we all have free will and we all make our own choices.
      Here’s to softening to the idea of being able to ask for help…because I KNOW that most people are very willing to help!
      Much love <3
      Happy Sunday!

  3. I too drove my Mom nuts asking “but why?” My Purpose unfolded gradually, much of it all on its own. When I am deeply distressed, I begin to ask questions. Other then that I’ve learned how to flow and to trust that flow as to where it will lead me. My world lately has been turned upside down again as I received news that my Mom left me an inheritance from the money she saved slaving at a job she hated. Lorrie, I would rather have one chance to be able to see her, hold her, look into her eyes and just talk heart to heart with her. I am using this inheritance to invest in ME because I believe in me as both a photographer and a writer. I did not see this coming …. take my word for it this is much harder to embrace knowing how much she sacrificed, not giving to herself as she could have. Just blown away by all this … Much Love to you!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

    1. Ah! Dear Amy. I can understand your feelings…but I also believe that your mom did EXACTLY what she wanted to do and you should accept the gift with honor!!
      I am happy to hear you will be investing in yourself Amy. Honestly, take it with the love she meant it…i can feel it!!!
      Much love ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

      1. My Mom and I ended up so totally loving and enjoying each other, especially the last year of her life. I know she did this out of Love. You don’t have to tell me that! I have a huge role in my life as a mother figure and have voluntarily sacrificed much, all from out of Love. So I know where she was coming from, yet it still is difficult for me to know how much she worked when she could have retired. My Mom’s comments are all over my blog for she was one of my followers. She totally loved my photography and that is the reason why I am investing in more camera equipment. I know this is what she would want for me … to pursue my dreams. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

          1. I have much research to do and I have to listen very carefully to my Inner Guidance on what to purchase. You may not see anything new from me for a while. I am not about to jump off the cliff without knowing where I’m diving too. This is a lifetime investment for me and I for one, I’m not about to let my Mom down by acting in haste. ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’•

            1. I also really thank you for listening to me, Lorrie. I’m about bursting with the surprise news and to be truthful you are the first person I have told. I do plan on creating a post about this but I’m not sure when. Bless you! ๐ŸŽ€

  4. Part of me wants to say Seek and You Shall Find but then I think you finished your post so elegantly, with words I can connect to:
    I have a feeling that my purpose in life is intimately tied to asking and receiving, and receiving and giving. It seems kind of simple when I narrow it down to that.

    Just be yourself, who could ask for anything more.
    xoxo Harlon

    1. Of course, my friend, our connection has you very finely tuned in to my future! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Hope you are well and that you are rested…and ready to handle ANYTHING that life hands to you.
      Sending warm thoughts and breezes ๐Ÿ’—

  5. I love questions. As to the purpose of life, I think it changes not only from person to person, but from stage to stage and age to age. I used to think the purpose of life was to learn, and I still believe that, but now, I’m starting to think it’s more about loving and enjoying life. I also believe you are fulfilling your purpose right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ask on!

    1. Yes, JoAnna! I agree…and so the questions, it would seem, are probably even more important as we move from stage to stage.
      Thanks forwarding your beautiful energy and insights here ๐Ÿ˜

  6. Thank you I needed the reminder, we get absorbed in many of life’s ups and downs. I used to ask a question everyday and get an answer. I have told people to ask. Especially when life seems to be static ASKING is important. Like you I google for everything especial to help friends in their life but forget to ask the important questions to the Universe or God. Bless you Lorrie for the reminder. xxx

    1. Oh…I’m so happy that I could give you a gentle reminder through words that come from my heart. Thank you for your blessing…it really means a lot to me. Those big questions to God, or the Universe…yes those…I tend to forget them too ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thinking about you…and hoping that you are doing well and that you are healing…and as always…i send lots of love and healing energy ๐Ÿ’œ

  7. It feels good to read this โ™ฅ๏ธ Lorrie!
    Your words are a very supportive reminder about how much we can participate in our purpose by asking and calling out when we are need, and how easily we can be available to those who do the same. Also, when we reach out to those loving connections beyond this world, we can share a special dialogue that reminds us of our special purpose, to be alive and to love. It can be difficult to ask for help and yet so easy to ask questions. I think itโ€™s worth pondering for a moment. Bless you, sweet friend. Xo

    1. I know you get exactly what I was feeling when I wrote this, Ka! It seems funny that so many have trouble asking for help (myself included.) I doubt there’s one of us who didn’t need help at one time or another.
      Hope you are feeling so much better my friend ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  8. Very interesting post, Lorrie. Enjoyed reading it. Hope you are finding some answers. From the title of my blog, you may note that I ask a lot of questions too. I was not allowed to at home so I’m making up for it as an adult. I’ve always wondered what my purpose was and then decided to take care of whatever was put in front of me that needed care. Now I realize my purpose is to find joy in even the hardest of moments. There is so much good when you open your eyes to it.

    1. Ah! Marlene!! Can’t tell you how much I love your words!! ๐Ÿ˜ I think my life was so crazy for so long…that when I learned how to change that energy I thought I could make it so great ALL THE TIME. Then there was that let down that that was not going to happen…so I, like you, have started to realize that the key is how we feel…react…deal with…ALL OF THE TIMES. Thank you for bringing me back to this very clear point!
      I did get the feeling that you might ask a question or two ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Excellent Lorrie, I often find that when we have been along our own journey along a bumpy road.. We somehow become better equipped to answering cries for help, because we have been there and done the crying in the past..
    With our asking, we also became good listeners .. To the answers.. And they turn up in the most unexpected places at times..
    Always here to help.. And Hope my answers help along the way.. And I know you are here to help too.. But yes, we all need to ask.
    <3 ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒท

    1. Hi Sue! Thank you, my dear, dear friend ๐Ÿ’œ I know you are there and I am so grateful for that. And the answers do turn up in unexpected places…just amazing. I had someone show an incredible act of kindness…AND help…just today. And the tears flowed while I was in front of him…and they have come all day long every time I think about it.
      I am Blessitude!! So blessed and full of gratitude for the kind hearts in this world…and you most certainly are one of them!!! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—
      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  10. Found myself nodding in reading your interesting reflections. Not easy to ask for help…for most people, including me. I experienced a lot of help coming my way in the wake of my experiences last year…and I was grateful for every single one of them. Lots of love and many hugs!

    1. Thanks, Helen. Yes, it is hard to ask, but I am learning that it is an important part of the process of life!
      I am happy to hear that you felt so supported and loved after your losses last year.
      Here’s to living and learning and walking in faith. Sweet blessings my friend. I owe you a will be soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Hello my one of my lovely kindred(s). With no surprise, like you, I spent my life in the realm of ASK, as a child I never stopped asking, as a teen, well, I dabbled a bit much to ask much of anything, as a young adult I was trying to place far younger than I should have been, and once I hit my 30’s ALL of the questions that I held either deep within my soul, or spoke within my head, began rambling out of my mouth again, and they haven’t stopped since. Also like you, Google has become my “answering machine” hehe … though I only believe a fraction of what I come across, so I spend much time asking the collective minds of others, which is in fact, what Google is composed of, is it not?

    Purpose, hmmmm. Through my far too long 2+ year journey, and then some, I’ve come to realize that we are born with the gifts of our purpose. Some follow along with them from childhood knowing it’s their purpose, some follow along with them from childhood having no idea that it’s their purpose, and some stop following along with them at all. For me, aside from my undying love, connection, painstaking empathy, adoration and admiration for wildlife (all living beings who share our planet – “muchly” the Great Apes, but every last bring is a part of who I am and who I’m connected to, which also includes nature, especially trees, and so much more – all that lives really (all of whom I live in painful desire to help in some way, and I WILL before my time here is done), it’s been writing. I began writing and chatting away verbally from the time I could speak, and then once I learned to write well enough, began writing poems (in 2nd grade I believe). I’ve been told my ENTIRE life, my family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers, that I should write a book, and with the onset of online “typing” – the onslaught of people telling me to write a book has grown to uncountable numbers. Not so much due to my ability to write, I’m far from a professional writer, poet or wordsmith, but more so about my story … my stories (all true to life), and the experiences, growth, learning and way that I’ve perceived and lived through them and with them (the good, the great, the bad and ugly). The numbers of those telling me to write a book have grown beyond anything I could imagine over the past 2+ years now, that it got me thinking … thinking about “purpose” (I haven’t lost track of your topic of asking and purpose), so I decided to reach back to the beginning and ask myself “why was I born?” What my the purpose in which I arrived here, and writing kept hitting me in the face. I’ve been writing and writing and writing and writing all of my life. And now, now that I have not only a heck of a story to tell, but that will, or could I hope, possibly help countless others, I feel certain that it’s my other purpose, a very strong one.

    I learned to ASK, truly ASK sometime between 2013 and 2014, and then over the past 3 years, I ASK near every day, and I’ve learned my purpose, either by going back to my beginning, or through my guides, or one of my many written affirmation post it notes on my bathroom mirror, so many now that I call it a tree (over 60) – one of them “I HAVE GREAT PURPOSE.” I think that asking is admirable quality (then again I share it with you, so I might be a bit bias hehe) – but I think that our purpose is truly a gift that we are born with, one which belongs to us and us alone, and that if we travel back to our beginnings, and look for the consistent part of you that’s followed you through you life, that for many, your purpose will show itself. And, when all else fails – ASK your guides. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m sorry for this story of a comment, but this post felt very personal to me, though it isn’t, but did touch me personally.

    ASK away my dear kindred friend, always ASK Lorrie, even if when asking, you’re asking yourself. After all, how can we find the answers, if we don’t ask?

    So much love, and such a giddy feeling of “yep we’re connected” after reading this – though it’s not as if we both didn’t notice if far before this.

    Love & Light my friend …. The Climber!!! (referencing a post that I DID, I actually DID one on my own – baby steps yes, but I was relieved. Blissings and Blessings Lorrie. <3 <3 <3

    1. So good to see you and hear you and know that you have taken a huge step forward and written your post alone! (I did not get a notification…so I wonder if you posted it yet?)
      I could have guessed that you, too, love to ask questions ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I love how you explain where we can find our purpose. I’d have to agree…especially the part where you said we”he been doing it all along.
      As far as writing a book…i say heck yes…you absolutely should/must write the book for others…for yourself!
      I send you lots of love and beautiful light. I hope your healing is progressing beautifully…i think I can feel that it is.
      Keep walking forward my friend. There may be days or moments where it feels like you take a few steps back…but as long as you put one foot in front of the other…that will take you where you want to go!
      Sweet blessings ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

      1. Oh my GOODNESS. You have to go find my post, just go to my site to see it. But, first read the last paragraph of the comment I’m responding to, and then immediately go look at my post – talk about CONNECTED, I just got chills!!!!!

        I’d respond to the rest and entire comment you wrote, but I’m sitting here with my jaw dropped, knowing you haven’t seen my post yet (I don’t know why it didn’t show in your reader, that’s odd – I don’t like that you aren’t seeing if I post), and then reading that last paragraph – the hair is standing up on my arms. Lorrie, our connection is so bizarre and beautifully wonderful. I will quickly respond to one thing before you re-read the last paragraph of your comment to me above and then scurry over to read my post the other day … I’m not so much healing or feeling any better at all, in any sense … but I have made a few changes and adjustments that I’m hoping will cause a faster or better recovery, so I’m thinking that’s what you’re picking up on. <3 <3 <3

        My goodness, don't you just LOVE collective consciousness and the ability to feel others who are awake? You just blew my mind, well "we" just blew my mind. Go GO GO LOLOL. Re-read your last paragraph and then go to my profile and read my recent post (somewhere). And then maybe, if you have time, can you please check settings on yr end to see if there's something we're missing that's causing you not to see them in reader or get notified? xoxoxoxox

        Hope you are well my lovely friend. <3

        1. I am well! I have decided no matter what is going on…I am well!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
          Yes…i am blown away. I have told you many times how I would think of you and then bamm…you were in my email!!
          It is a beautiful thing…and I am grateful. Keep your head high and revel in your accomplishments…no matter how small! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

          1. Love your attitude! I’m right along with you love, no matter what’s going on, I am well!!! Isn’t it crazy? As in wondrous? And, it’s been happening since the very first time we crossed paths on our journey. SHAZAM, peek-a-boo, I feel you. Though it’s usually you that’s feeling me, or possibly better put, you that’s aware of it clearly than I. xoxoxox

  12. “Keep walking forward my friend. There may be days or moments where it feels like you take a few steps backโ€ฆbut as long as you put one foot in front of the otherโ€ฆthat will take you where you want to go!” This is what you wrote (your last paragraph of your comment to me above), and you haven’t seen my post from 3-4 days ago. CHILLINGLY beautiful connection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (((((((((hugs)))))))))) xoxoxoxoxox <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    1. Okay…now I have to night all it over to your site and find your post!!

      It doesn’t surprise me, friend! We have always had a very strong connection ๐Ÿ’œ

      1. No silly one, no hide & go seek for my posts ::giggles::. My posts are all in the left column (it only shows 50 at a time, so if there’s more even I have to go searching for it), the most recent is always on top (from a computer) – from a phone, it’s still the first post (on top), but the layout’s a mess on a phone and you can’t listen to the songs with each post, which leaves out a loss of meaning and the true expression.

        1. I’m usually looking on my phone…but have always been able to listen. I meant I have to search for why you didn’t show up in my email when you posted ๐Ÿ˜‰
          No worries…i found you!!! ๐Ÿ’œ

          1. I checked the layout of my WP template via phone and saw that it was near impossible to find them. So I added a link on the top menu (those 3 lines up top that you see on the phone) that will bring you to my recent post (and then there’s a link under that for the prior post, and on and for prior posts). Hopefully this will help you find them. I also redid the “follow by email” widget, so hopefully that will now work better for you. It took me forever I got a tad bit confused, just a tad (plus a mountain lol), but I think I was able to make it easier for you to find things via a phone now. However, I’m not seeing where the “follow” or follow by email widgets show on the phone – my entire layout is out of whack via phone vs. online. I myself couldn’t find anything trying to stroll my blog through a phone. Messy!

            1. No worries! I got ya ๐Ÿ˜‰
              and I’m grateful after the long lapse you indeed showed up in my email!! Besides…it could have been me…I am in the weeds in life and have not been 100% here…even though I want to be. Hoping to even everything out in life and be able to DO IT ALL!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

              1. There isn’t much we can’t get through, no matter how challenging or thick the weeds. One moment at a time, not even a step, just one moment at time. Before you know it, each of those moments will add up to one large moment that carries you out of the weeds. Sending you love and KNOWING you can do it all. <3 xoxox

      2. P.S.S.S.S.S. hehe, remember, first read that last paragraph in your comment, before you go see my post, and keep in mind, I wrote it days before you wrote your comment. xox *astonishing*. <3

        1. And here I am days later…and I did not get over to you. Life has a way of interrupting plans. But I always believe that everything happens exactly when it is supposed to!! I will do it …RIGHT NOW!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ

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