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keep exploring your purpose, whether it’s a profession or not!

 I have adopted the “bear” approach to this winter by keeping myself warm and cozy indoors. Hibernation mode has led me to read some awesome books, including Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, about her life with Robert Maplethorpe. Awesome writing & a pretty fertile, creative relationship to write about.  

After the book was published Smith said in an interview that writing the book made her wonder if she should have been a writer instead of musician. It made me chuckle, because I often wonder the reverse: if music would have suited me better!  

Which only says that some of us will continually explore new media, new techniques, new jobs, new hobbies, new something-somethings in which to talk to the muse, tap the Mystery, express who we are in these itty bitty bottles of the Universe called “ourselves”.

Which doesn’t mean that it has to be a profession. People (myself included) get tripped up thinking that what they love has to be what they do to make money. It doesn’t have to get expressed that way. Your purpose may be to be the best mom you can be to your children, and so far, that is not a paid profession!

Your purpose (the way I think of it) is more like the fiber of who you are and how that best gets expressed in the world. I am an optimist. So that gets translated into inspirational writings or encouraging friends or family members. And teaching meditation, because I think that’s a good place to find your own optimism.

Who are you, in the fibers of your soul? How does that get expressed outwardly? Clues to your purpose…