Okay so I went to see the movie Wonder Woman this weekend. I must say that the movie didn’t disappoint! And so the question becomes: What does Wonder Woman have to do with life purpose? Well let’s examine the story so as to gain further insight: In the beginning on the island of Themyscira, the capital city of the Amazons. Diana was supposed to be just a little princess of her mother, Queen Hippolyta, who tells her that “their people were enslaved by mankind, who were corrupted by the god of war Ares” the renegade son of the Greek God Zeus.
Zeus created the Amazons and bestowed upon them the mandate as guardians of “man’s world”. He left them a sword called the “god killer” that would allow them to conquer and eventually destroy his renegade Son, Ares who had destroyed his siblings and Zeus himself. All this is allegorical of course, but as we know there’s symbolism and truth in allegory, but I digress so back to the story and purpose.
Somewhere along the way Diana realizes that she was more than just a pretty little girl princess. Intuitively she begins to request training as to become a great warrior like the other Amazon women that she observed around her. Hippolyta insists that Diana is never trained for combat as she believes that Ares will never return.
Meanwhile, Diana disobeys her mother and is secretly trained by her aunt Antiope. Even though her mother disapproves, Antiope convinces her to allow the training to continue. Eventually Diana grows up and becomes the greatest Amazon warrior on the island, able to even defeat her aunt who trained her along with all the other best warriors on the island.
Now as a young woman, Diana witnesses a plane crash on their island. She instinctively dives in the water to rescue the pilot of the sinking plane Steve Trevor, who turns out to be a spy of the Allied Forces fighting during World War I. Immediately after she rescues Steve, the Germans attack the island in pursuit of this enemy spy. Diana and the other Amazon warriors engage and eventually defeat all of the German soldiers. However, her aunt Antiope is killed at the end of this battle trying to protect Diana.
Now, this is where purpose starts to emerge in Diana’s mind. Enraged that her Aunt has been killed by the soldiers, Diana observes as Steve is interrogated with the lasso of Truth. Learning of the German plot led by General Erich Ludendorff who Diana believes to be Ares, and who she is convinced is responsible for the war, she arms herself with the ceremonial sword and leaves her home island with Steve to find and destroy Ares.
Diana now owns her life purpose which is to destroy the God of War as she was created by Zeus to accomplish. She willingly accepts this mission as she also believes it will save mankind. She eventually arrived in Europe and subsequently kills Ares.
To her shock and surprise this does not stop the war. But keep in mind Zeus’ mission is accomplished. Now Diana must find her own true purpose. Inspired by a brave act of her newfound friend and partner in saving the world, she learns that mankind must save itself and not rely on a hero. She does however learn that mankind has the ability to love and in so doing would cause humanity to take a different course other than war. So in the end her new purpose becomes going out and defending mankind in the name of Love and knowing in her heart that this love will conquer all evil.
Interspersed throughout this narrative has been the issue of purpose. The point of all of this is to illuminate the importance of purpose in our lives. Finding our life purpose brings clarity, confidence, and courage to our daily acts. It indeed imbues us with passion that naturally energizes, excites, motivates and inspires us. It ultimately leads a person to being a truly fulfilled or self-actualized individual.
And this is what eventually happens to Wonder Woman as the story continues. She becomes self-actualized and resolved in her purpose. And of course in times of chaos as she and others like her (perhaps including you that are reading this article) are operating in a sometimes tumultuous world, this resolve becomes the guiding compass of truth and keeps us focused on those matters that are important to us at any given time. This of course brings to our mind a sense of peace, well-being, joy and hope in a sometimes seemingly hopeless world. So become resolved to find your own purpose. You don’t have to be a “Wonder Woman” nor any other fictional hero. In fact, we are all potential heroes and sheroes awaiting our true purpose to be revealed. What is yours?
Henry Shelton is a “Purpose-Centered” Business Coach, Public Speaker, and Creator of “Accessing Your Archetype” Life Purpose Assessment. He is an accomplished entrepreneur of 20 years. He currently coaches mid-managers and professionals that are contemplating leaving corporate America and starting a business on the side that fits best with their “life purpose” and hearts passion. Henry accomplishes this by helping them with getting “unstuck” and gaining clarity using an online assessment to assist with finding those hidden gifts and talents that make them unique apart from all others. These gifts and talents are subsequently fashioned into a “heart-centered” business that can eventually provide the resources to sustain their current or desired quality of life. In addition to being a Business Coach, Henry is a student and Instructor of Ancient Wisdom and Metaphysical studies for 20+ years.