Monday, February 3, 2014
Love Wisdom from Coleman Barks
"Whatever you love is your path." --Coleman Barks, Rumi translator in The Sun magazine
Last week I wrote about feeling lost, not knowing what I want to do with my life or where I am headed right now. Over the weekend I got a little clarity when I sat down to write my final post for 30 Days of Forgiveness and I realized I didn't want it to end.
I really enjoyed sharing my favorite quotes and my experiences of forgiveness with you. I enjoyed finding just the right photograph to go with that day's post. And I enjoyed connecting with all of you on Facebook and Twitter around the topic of forgiveness. And that's when I knew I didn't have to search for what I wanted to do, I am already doing it.
I felt the same way when I sat down today to get started on 28 Days of Love.
Since I didn't know I was doing this until a couple of days ago, I am a bit behind in my preparation. I didn't have any quotes picked out, no themes identified, no plan in place, just a vague idea of what I want to do with Love this month and the idea for the exercise (WWLD?).
So I sat down today and went through my quotations and started picking out some quotes about Love. I ended up with seventy-three possible quotes after eliminating a few that just didn't speak to me right now. Seventy-three! Almost three months worth of quotes about love. This isn't going to be easy....
But, as I worked through my list, I started to get excited about each one - what I could write about, what photo might go well with what quote, how it might become someone else's new favorite...I was in love with what I was doing and that's all I need to know right now.
I don't need to know how I am going to make money doing it or what my book is going to look like or if this will be my "life's work." I know that it is because I am living and I am working. What I am doing each day, right now, is what I love and that's all I need to know to know that I am on the right path.
[Despite this epiphany, I am still planning to attend the Beyond Stuck webinar by Elisa Balabram this Thursday so that I am ready next time these feeling of confusion come up. I would love to "see" you there!]
[The photograph on this page was taken on the Cape Flattery Trail, a trail that leads to the most Northwestern point in the lower forty-eight States.]