Monday, November 7, 2011

Where do you find your joy?

Because that's your life calling. I know we all have bills to pay, so it might take some creativity to figure out how to make your joy into your job. I read an article on macarons (my favorite French cookie) recently in the New York Times, and one of the bakers was a Ph.D. from Princeton, who had opened a French Bakery in Brooklyn. That got my attention because some of us spend a lot of time getting on a track that is not our truest calling, and it is quite scary to jump off that train and begin following the real calling of our hearts. I think her years studying at Princeton are only adding to the glory of making French cookies that are exquisite and wonderful. (I want to go get some!) I also have been very inspired by people who understand that a life in the arts means pairing down, living on almost nothing, and learning to find happiness with little material comfort. It can be done! Go to the library and get a book called "No Impact Man" by Colin Beavin. You will read how a couple in NYC spends a year making no impact on the environment, and in the process learns that just being together brings more rewards than running around consuming. and for some of us, following our bliss can mean a regular job that supports us and our family, but we can fill in the cracks with our dream work, our art or music or dance or acting or whatever it is that adds joy to your world. Try it. Following your bliss does take creativity, but what is the alternative?
"What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage." --Bruce Barton

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