Purpose and Meaning
I often confuse these words in my speech, but they are actually quite different.
Purpose is where I am headed. The outcome that my actions are building toward. It's why in the future tense.
Meaning is how I make sense of what is going on. What story do I tell myself that makes me choose my actions and direction. It's why in the past and present tense.
I can make meaning on my way to finding purpose, and I can draw meaning from what I choose as my purpose. I can even find meaning in my purpose and purpose in my meaning. (!)
Where are you confusing purpose and meaning?