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
“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 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.
Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.
~ Gautama Buddha
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.
Why do you so earnestly seek
the truth in distant places?
Look for delusion and truth in the
bottom of your own heart.
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.
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.
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?
Thank you for stopping by. Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
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.