"Let me remember what my purpose is."
The purpose this lesson is alluding to is forgiveness (2:1). Over and over, the Course tells us that forgiveness is our function, our purpose, our reason for being here. And it is our only function.
"I am the light of the world. That is my only function. That is why I am here" (W-pI.61.5:3-5). "Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world" (W-pI.62.Heading).
What if, today, I remembered that forgiveness is my only purpose? What if I realized that, whatever else happens, if I forgive everything and everyone I see today, I have fulfilled my function? What if I realized that all the things I think are important are nothing compared to this purpose? When I am behind that slow driver while trying to get someplace on time, forgiving is my purpose; not getting there on time. In any situation of conflict, forgiveness is my goal, not winning. When the person from whom I am seeking signs of love fails to respond, forgiveness is my goal; not getting the response I seek. And so on. What kind of difference would it make if I really made forgiveness my primary, my only, goal?
If I forget the goal, I will always end up being conflicted, trying to serve contradictory goals (1:1-2). The inevitable result of conflicting goals is "deep distress and great depression" (1:3). Sound familiar? As we begin the spiritual path we are almost always conflicted, because we have adopted a new, higher goal without really letting go of the older ones. We're trying to serve two masters, which reminds me of the time I had a job where I was taking orders from two bosses! What a time of distress and depression that was! The only way to peace of mind in our lives is to firmly settle on a single purpose or goal (2:3), and to continually put that above everything else. We need to "unify our thoughts and actions meaningfully," by recognizing that God's Will for us is forgiveness, and seeking to do only that (1:4, 2:2).
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