21 August 2015
“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” ~Joseph Campbell
My intention for my life is to feel good in the wisest and most joyful, loving way.
This blog is my brainstorming, an exploration of how to do that, how to create a life that satisfies and delights. Fluffy as that might sound, it’s not really. It’s hard work sometimes, which is why this week I defended time spent in the trenches.
My satisfied life will naturally look different than yours, but I think there might be many commonalities in how we work ourselves into them. I benefit a lot from the support of friends and their insights. I invite you to brainstorm here with me, with your partners and friends and to find what you need to venture deeply into an examination of what fulfills you, inspires you, engages you. You are worthy of being known—by yourself and by others. And as Mary Oliver writes so beautifully, this is our one wild and precious life.
It is a bold action to undertake the creation of a life journey according to one’s own design. For me, it is taking courage and perseverance to craft a life not founded in approval-seeking and comparison, but instead calibrated to my own values and joys.
Let us venture boldly forth. Beyond the rules we’ve known and perhaps reluctantly or unconsciously accepted. Beyond the conventions that don’t fit our inclinations. Beyond the norms that just aren’t normal for us. And be as best we can the people we yearn to be.
Fully alive. Courageous when it matters. Connected. Caring.
That’s how living a satisfied life looks to me right now. For you it may look differently. Because as Joseph Campbell has also famously said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
I’m always interested to hear your thoughts on any of these topics. With appreciation for you all.