Tuesday, January 5, 2010

not to make a living, but to make a life...

The point of your activities throughout the day is not to make a living, but to make a life; not to 'work' but to create joy. If you are doing what you are doing merely to 'pay the bills,' you will have missed the major reason for All Of Life.

The purpose of life is to know and express Who You Are. If you do other than that during the days and times of your life, you will have not used those days and times in a way that profits your soul. It is soul profit we are after here, not body profit.  from Neal Donald Walsh....I believe God wants you to know

We had a loss in out family last week...our 15-y-o maggie passed away, leaving a big maggie shaped hole in our hearts...we miss you and love you always...


pinkglitterfae said...

that is a beautiful quote you shared, and very good advice.

I am so sorry to hear about Maggie, that is so heartbreaking, but I know she had a wonderful and full life with you.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear about Maggie.
Your very right about the soul and profit. I've been in bed not being able to do much but still do things here and there. Of course most of them I donate or make for birthdays of relatives because just as you said I'm not trying to make a profit for my body.I am doing what I was told to do. I have a roof over my head and food to eat. That's enough.
I'm sorry again about Maggie. :(
I hope that you are doing ok.

Renee said...

I am so sorry to hear about Maggie dear friend.

Love Renee xoxo

Debbie Viola said...

Perhaps painting your beloved Maggie will help you feel better. I've been asked to do that for a few clients, and it's something they say they will cherish forever. So sorry for your pain.

What you say about making a life is SO true. I was a legal secretary for more than 20 years for the same crazed attorney, and the last few years before I left I felt like nothing more than a robot performing its duties. I was going through the motions every day, just counting the minutes until I can commute more than an hour home to see my kids and husband. Luckily, I discovered I could paint over 10 years ago. Thankfully, my journey began into a whole new world for me, and I have not put down a paintbrush since. I'm happy to say I was SO determined to find a way to make a living out of my newfound love for painting, that I persevered, and had the courage to quit my job and plunge full-time into creating art for my clients. It took many many years, and I'm not saying it's easy (as I'm sure you now), but I still pinch myself every day when I realize I am fulfilling my dream -- working for myself at something I am passionate about, instead of having an employer rule my life. Thankfully I've built up a nice reputation, and even though things are tougher in this economy, my work has been recognized on a regional level, as I've just been voted "Best Artist of Long Island 2010". So my advice to everyone is to keep on trying, and never give up. If you want something bad enough, you'll come up with creative ideas to sustain yourself.

Wishing you a healthy, peaceful, prosperous and Happy New Year.

Debbie Viola