Thursday, February 16, 2012

Life Purpose

Self Portrait

My blog sister, Diane at Contemplative Photography, and I often seem to be on the same path.  Her post this morning reminded me of a poem I wrote several years ago when I was trying to find "my purpose."  The poem helped me realize that the journey of life is the purpose ... living, loving, growing, sharing, caring, discovering our connection to each other and to every aspect of the world around us ... this is the purpose of life.  

However, every once in a while I feel like I should pack it all up and go serve the starving children in Africa ... and that would be wonderful.  If I did that, it would definitely be part of my purpose ... but it's just one choice I can make on the journey and as long as my choices bring me joy and connect me to the world, they are part of my purpose ... they are part of the sea of "perfect possibilities."

Life Purpose
The child walks 
toward passion
as naturally 
as she reaches toward 
a bright toy.
Wherever she looks, 
a world of joy beckons.
No thought of “should”
 or “ought” enters her head.
She just points herself 
in the direction of 
the bright beloved
and puts one foot 
in front of the other,
Moving, totally focused.
She doesn’t stop
to ask for it.
She doesn’t worry about
whether or not
it’s the right it.
She doesn’t stop to 
consider the possible responses.
She feels no fear;
she hears only
the siren call
of her one true joy.
Oh, that I felt
that clarity,
that ability
to feel passion
For every cloud 
and dust mote,
every shiny bauble
and every glittering face,
Rather than searching
high and low
for that one
right calling
That one
all-fulfilling wish,
that one bright island,
when life is a sea 
of perfect possibilities.


  1. Ohmygosh, Joyce; this is so beautiful, and so perfect. I'm reading in Trust the Process this morning about the importance of regaining that childhood trust and opennness... love the synchronicity of all this.

  2. Diane ... The great synchronicity was walking into that Miksang photography workshop in Boulder and meeting you. It's always so fun to see how our paths intertwine.

  3. A wonderful poem, Joyce. I especially like the last stanza, its acknowledgment of being open to all that's possible. This would be lovely to read aloud. I can hear it already.

    Your image is a beautiful complement, too.

  4. beautifully said, love your photography, art and poetry. It all intertwined.

  5. Thanks Maureen ... coming from such an incredible poet as yourself, I take this as a high honor.

  6. I am just so enchanted with this poem I had to publish it on my blog today. Thank you so much for sharing this one.


    The above video and the below quote from Paulo Coelho's blog...say it nicely I think....
    love your poem...

    Searching for a meaning
    by PAULO COELHO on SEPTEMBER 2, 2011
    What is this force that drives us far from the comfort of the familiar and makes us take up challenges instead, even though we know that the glory of this world is only transitory?

    I believe this impulse is called the search for the meaning of life.

    Over many years of seeking a definitive answer to this question in books, art and science, and in both the dangerous and easy paths i have followed, i have found many answers.
    None of them were true.
    I am convinced now that a definitive answer will never be given to us in this life.
    But, at the moment when we stand once more before the Creator, we will understand each opportunity that was offered to us.

    And the Creator’s question will be: “Did you love enough?”
    May God guide me and inspire me for the years to come, so I can answer: “yes”.