It was not until I was forty-five years old that I began to truly understand the meaning of Joseph Campbell's imperative - "Find and follow your bliss." I was introduced to that quotation twenty years ago, but it took a long time to internalize its meaning.
Campbell's words have encouraged me to find and learn what that "thing" is that brings me the most joy, lights me up during the day, and keeps me awake at night; to find my passion. And once I have found it, to be brave enough to live that life.
As I become more comfortable with this mantra, the more I desire to interact with The World. Lending my voice, experiences, challenges and joy to my conversations with others. I seek knowledge to balance with my personal spirituality as I strive to become a participant in social and economic change.
I am not an orator or an experienced writer, and yet I choose the written word as my vehicle of expression. Some of my material is mainstream and conservative, and some well can be quite nebulous and might be considered alternative thinking. I am becoming and so as Stephen R. Convey (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) recommends, I will start with small private victories to claim my independence and then move to interdependence with my community (The World).
Here are some fun facts about me: I'm happily married; my sign is Scorpio; I am an avid lover of cats; I suffer from wanderlust; I am an enthusiastic bowler, my latest interest is Italian opera; and I have hazel eyes.
Some places I have been: Various states in US and provinces in Canada; Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Peru, Egypt, and Spain (500 mile walk along De Camino de Santiago de Compostela)
My bucket list includes: A cruise to Alaska with a side trip to Denali National Park; China, India, and Angkor Wat (Cambodia); Ride the Divide, ride the Jerusalem Way, bicycle around Iceland during the summer solitice and the list keeps growing.
CURRENT BOOK READING SELECTIONS
Wheels of Life
by Anodea Judith, PhD.
What's new with Jas
Completed first draft of my novel.
Birthday month, Yeah! Work, work work. Writing, writing, writing. Finishing Autumn quilt.
Started Yoga and "Couch Potato to 5k Runner" program; political phone banking; attendance at Senator Cory A. Booker's swearing-in in DC (interesting), work...work...work
More left brain work (gratitude); reading; Tour de Cure (American Diabetes Association fund raising bike riding; political phone banking; bowling; first of three milestone in weight loss achieved!
Busy with left brain work, bicycle riding and reading. Reunion with an old friend...meditation.
Muses have had me BUSY. Untitled book story unfolding. Research on "sacred bathing." Finishing the NJ Appalachian Trail.
Continuing journey along the NJ portion of the Appalachian Trail (favorite day video). Completed character development, story outline and sections of new untitled book.
Started Sunday walking New Jersey portion of Appalachian Trail (70 miles) over eight week period. Pictures of Day 1 below: