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Passion and purpose

The roses are still blooming
The roses are still blooming

I used to think that going to the jungle made my life an adventure.  However, after years of unusual work in exotic places, I realize that it is not how far off I go, or how deep into the forest I walk that gives my life meaning.  I see that living life fully is what makes life — anyone’s life, no matter where they do or do not go — an adventure.

~ Maria Fadiman, geographer

In the spotlight
In the spotlight

“Passion,” “purpose,” and “living an authentic life,” have been big buzzwords for, well, quite a while.  Decades, it seems to me, and recently they seem to be showing up almost everywhere I look.  I am sure there is a correlation between the places I look and the words, but it has got me thinking.

I have walked a lot of trails.
I have walked a lot of trails.

I will be turning another year older next month.  Whenever a birthday draws near, I start to wonder about what I want to be when I grow up.  Because I have not known what I want to be, I have spent a good deal of my life dabbling in this, that, and the other thing.  What I have learned from dabbling is that I am capable of whatever I put my mind to, and that there are some things my mind just doesn’t want to be turned towards.

Step by step
Exploring

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.

~ Gautama Buddha

Sweeps of color
Sweeps of color

I have been giving some thought to what I feel passionate about, those things I do that bring me in to the state of flow where I lose all track of time.  A person I love and respect, a person who loves and respects me, has made a suggestion recently that fills me with excitement and a sense of adventure.

Fungi
Attachment

Why do you so earnestly seek
the truth in distant places?
Look for delusion and truth in the
bottom of your own heart.

~ Ryokan

Decorating for winter
Decorating for winter

I will have the winter to plan, prepare, and work.  Winters are wonderful for things like that, especially for going within and deciding which seeds to plant in the spring.

Adventures await
Adventures await

In the meantime, I’ve finally done something I’ve been meaning to do for a couple of years.  I’ve had a few requests for a Life in the Bogs calendar.  I haven’t done one in the past because they end up costing quite a bit, and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to pay $40 or more for a calender.  I was able to put one together at RedBubble for an almost reasonable price, and it’s available here if you’re interested.

Detachment
Detachment

That’s about it from me for now.  We’ve had rain today.  Cooler, sunnier, weather is once again behind it.  It’s going to get windy again, too.  I wonder how much longer the leaves will hold on?

Rainbow forest
Rainbow forest

Thank you for stopping by.  Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Let's go sit on the dock for a few minutes.
Let’s go sit on the dock for a few minutes and watch the swirl of clouds.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

Today’s joys:  Watching the rain.   Exploring new possibilities.  Good ideas.  A quiet day on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch with no workers or repairmen drilling, sawing, or stinking up the place with paint, glue, or other smelly things.  New batteries.

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31 thoughts on “Passion and purpose

  1. Well… I don’t know what your “purpose” might be, but your photos have brought lots of calmness, soothing and beauty to my eyes…and I’m thankful for that… Today’s photos are just beautiful… I can image being right there in the lovely woods and along the waters. 🙂
    And, Robin, the calendar looks great…gotta get my paypal active again!

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  2. Oh, lovely dock view – great way to end or start a day. Your photographs are outstanding. Great idea.
    We have been thinking along similar lines, it seems. My world is small, but there’s always something to notice. I wonder if in a larger world, these wonders might go unseen. You do get out of something what you expect of it /put into it? Always enjoy visiting

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    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 I suppose that’s true. And I imagine many wonders go unseen in the larger world. I think it would be difficult to take it all in.

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  3. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up either. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to grow up at all. But I’m nearing retirement so maybe I should figure it out! Or not! LOVE your photographs…all of them.

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  4. yes, so very beautiful Robin, the beauty of your heart and eyes dear … that rose is exquisite … I do hope your calendar sells well, a great idea and way to share your beauty through the year … so good to know someone else who has never grown up … there is too much exploring to do along the way for me!

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    1. Thank you, Jane. 🙂 That is one of my favorite photos from the hike. The leaf was a small distance off the trail, and it almost seemed to glow in the shadow of the woods.

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  5. You’ve got me so curious about your new project/adventure! How I would love for such a suggestion to drop into my life! Sounds wonderful and exciting and I will be looking forward to hearing about it in the future if you will be sharing.
    The soft rose is simply lovely.

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  6. Oooh- how exciting! I find that as soon as my mind gets a hold of my passions, ‘authentic self’, or ‘purpose’, all hell breaks loose. I usually start to pick everything apart, analyze things to death, and try to figure out every step from A to Z before I even *start* step A. (Needless to say, not a lot of ‘real’ work or action takes place if my Monkey Mind has its way!) I’m really hopeful that your excitement will not suffer from the fate, Robin. Let it germinate naturally and unfold organically! (Words from the wise, right?) 😉

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