In life it seems everything in existence has a purpose. Ironically though, it's not the individual tree, bee, drop of water or particle that serves the purpose; it's the whole of the species working together in harmony that serves the purpose.
Every individual was created with purpose and given a gift; everyone has a reason for being. The Japanese call this ikigai. Ikigai is the intersection of what you love doing, what you're good at, what you can be paid for and what the world needs.
The concept of ikigai is gaining popularity and has been described as the Japanese secret to happiness. It was popularized by the book “Happiness in One Generation” written by Dr. Yoshinori Ohsaki, who is a Japanese psychiatrist. In Japan, the government has taken notice of this idea and has been promoting it as a way to promote well-being. They have even set up an office devoted to researching how ikigai can be used to help people live better lives.