An orienting landmark.
I live in Portland, Oregon. It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen and my favorite place I’ve ever lived.
One aspect of my city that I love is the view of Mount Hood. This solitary mountain towers east of the city, a snow-capped beauty mark. As you travel through Portland, the mountain plays hide and seek. You can’t always see it, but it’s there. As your street winds around the next hill, or you catch a glimpse through a break in the trees or building, there you’ll see it.
Because you can see the mountain so frequently, it has become an orienting landmark for me. When I get turned around, unsure which direction I’m heading, I can invariably find my way to a vantage point where Hood is visible. Need to head north? The mountain should be to my right. Need to head downtown? The mountain should be behind me.
Having this landmark has frequently kept me on track. When it comes to knowing how to live your life, and in particular, where to find your purpose, there is a similar landmark.