One Dumb Belief

I am participating in Danielle LaPorte’s Burning Questions Series; more on that here. What’s one dumb thing that you used to believe in? Similar to Danielle’s belief about their only being one soul mate for each person, I am recovering from the belief that we each have one singular purpose on this Earth. I used to think that this meant I would have one career, one area of study, one thing I did really well. In high school I even identified my Thing: Theatre. I was seriously in love with acting and the whole theatrical universe. I loved the acceptance, the community, the long hours of work to create something good. I loved the history of theatre and all of the elements that contributed to a wonderful production, from the script to the actors to the lights and sound. I appreciated how a set supported the theme of the play, how lighting gave us actors a mood and a chance to shine. I loved dissecting scripts and breaking them into “beats” so that the impact would be powerful. My favorite thing was the energy exchanged between performers and the audience. I loved that a work of fiction, properly executed, could make people think about things they never would have otherwise. Drama can express the human condition where facts and figures fail. After I graduated, I decided a life in show business wasn’t really for me . I settled into a pays-the-bills job and waited for my new Grand Purpose to make itself known. For a while I thought it was education and pursued a master’s in that field. Education...

How do you want it all to feel?

I am participating in Danielle LaPorte’s Burning Questions Series; more on that here. How do you want it all to feel? I want my writing to feel like a zen sand garden. I want my wordsmithing to feel like interior decorating, arranging and designing and accessorizing in aesthetically pleasing ways, both visually and spiritually. I want my exercise to feel like a kids’ dance party. I want my meditation sessions to feel like taking a luxurious bubble bath. I want my relationships to feel like reading a good book. I want my money flow to feel like a sustainable eco-system, the circle of giving-receiving-creating in abundance. I want my mornings to feel like the hope of rebirth. I want my evenings to feel like my favorite bathrobe, comforting and cozy and full of...