Saturday, January 31, 2009
Discover the great idea of your life, and set it free.
But don't kid yourself. It will take every ounce of you.
No weak, halfhearted effort will raise this child. Only a mothers love will get the job done.
The work of the creative person is to make her idea independent of her,just as the work of a parent is to make her child independent.
Many times people are afraid to embrace their idea, their vision, because deep down they know they will become responsible for it, and it will hold them, like a child holds a mother until it is free of her.
Just as a mother becomes a servant of the child, so the creator becomes the servant of his creation. Like any parent he is both happy and sad the day he sets it free.
It's a labor of love. What we mean by 'giving your best' is taking on the great idea of your life and carrying it, nurturing it, loving it until it can stand on its own two feet, and you are free.
Take an idea that will grab hold of you and not let you go until it has squeezed the very best from you.
That is your life¹s mission. Your mission is your special gift to mankind. It is the most appropriate vehicle through which to express your unique talents, interests, and abilities. It¹s a steady application of effort to the lifelong challenge of remaining true to your best.It¹s the love of your life in action.
Zen and the Art of Making a Living
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This is a book for and by people who choose not to or can’t have children. A book of stories about how our maternal/paternal longing can be fulfilled in other ways. Love stories really, but a different kind of love story – a different journey of discovery.
As my own biological clock approaches the final hour, I find myself listening to a little voice inside that asks: “Why be beholden to one, when you can be available to many?” Can my intrinsic need to share that very special kind of mother love be satisfied and fulfilled by a life without children of my own? I believe so. And if this is true for me, it must be true for many others.
I believe the world as it is right now can benefit greatly from our love and service. Once we devote our life to raising our own family, often there is little left over to give to causes that serve the greater good. What might happen if a growing percentage of us choose to give our love to the collective rather than our own families? Perhaps there will be a chain reaction of positive impacts with great benefit to all. What if we love ourselves enough to honor and celebrate our lives as they are and to live them fully?
While the reasons why people can’t, or won’t procreate vary and may come in to play when telling their story, this is not the main interest or focus of the book. Rather it is an exploration of what was and is possible in the life of a person who, for whatever reason, did not give birth to his or her own children.
My hope is that these stories serve to inspire and uplift. And most of all, if you are one who hears the call to give your love and life to the world we live in, rather than one you create in your own family, you are not alone. May you heed the call, share your love, and may the earth and all beings be healed and thrive because of it.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I may not have given birth to you
but I promise to see you for who you really are.
I will shine the light on your true gifts
and with a deep well of understanding, comfort you when life is hard.
Yes I may not be any one person’s mother,
but with my compassion I shall attempt to nurture all.
May my breast feed many men and children.
May the openness of my heart heal those who are wounded.
Let the limitlessness of my life expand me into the great mystery
so that I may bring magic back into the routine of other’s lives.
May the freedoms I enjoy enable me to serve many.
This book is dedicated to all my brothers and sisters before and behind me
who have been, or will find themselves, on this path of self discovery.
To empower, honor and encourage them along the way.
And to my Aunt Pauline who never married or raised children.
May all beings be free from suffering and may all people awaken to their true nature.