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Setting Out on the Journey: One Last Word

Gosh it’s hard for me to stop blogging on a theme!  This really is the last one… but I couldn’t resist sharing it.

It’s from the chapter called Setting Out on the Journey, from The Sufi Book of Life

The reason we exist - and the reason to begin any journey - is to bring out our full humanity, the unique flavour that we alone can offer to the universe’s still-cooking stew.

I just love that bit about the still-cooking stew… don’t you?

Joanna Paterson is a writer, photograph and journal coach who provides resources to help people tap into the rich seam of their natural creativity and express themselves with confidence. You can find more of her work at Nature’s Fire.

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9 Responses to “Setting Out on the Journey: One Last Word”

  1. On January 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm Brad responded with... #

    Yeah, that is pretty much my life philosophy. And to leave a good aftertaste. I’m working on it…
    Brad´s last blog ..World’s Greatest Polyglot Reply

  2. On January 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm Barb Hartsook responded with... #

    Oh I love that philosophy. I say our lives are gifts to us, and our job is to become. Fully. Completely grow into who we are created to be — filling a purpose that is unique to us alone. (And all that entails.) I like the image of ‘still-cooking’ stew.Reply

  3. On January 31, 2010 at 2:27 am Toni McNulty responded with... #

    What a unique way to look at the meaning of life. I like it!
    It seems as if everything I read these days is telling me to write more … more … more. Your message today is another confirmation.
    I think I want to be a bay leaf :) Reply

  4. On January 31, 2010 at 8:08 am Rachel responded with... #

    I love that Joanna, thanks for sharing it: a wonderful reminder of how different we are, but also how each individual, each component, adds something unique to the overall result.

    It also reminds me of something about journeys from Ursula Le Guin’s novel The Dispossessed (which I’ve loved for a long time):

    It was joy they were both after – the completeness of being. If you evade suffering you also evade the chance of joy. Pleasure you may get, or pleasures, but you will not be fulfilled. You will not know what it is like to come home.Reply

  5. On January 31, 2010 at 2:49 pm Hilary responded with... #

    Hi Joanna .. we can all make a difference - the Universe is here for us, and it’s up to us what we do with it …

    Good to be reminded that we actually need to make things happen and improve our world - it’s a wonderful place.

    Hilary
    Hilary´s last blog ..The Wigmaker, “Cottonpolis” and the first factory Reply

  6. On January 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm Janice Cartier responded with... #

    Joanna,
    Perfectly apt. Adventure is defined by not knowing the outcome…there.. feel all that space….we just step into it….if we are lucky, we have some very good companions to take it all in with us.
    :)
    Janice Cartier´s last blog ..Piddle and Random Reply

  7. On January 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm Siggy responded with... #

    The world is full of others who are eager to tell you what you should do. Each person’s journey and mission is unique. And somehow you have to follow yours. And ignore other people advise. And if you are married (or have a significant other) your journey is a balancing act. Somehow you have to remain true to yourself. That is not an easy task. And it is a little easier if chose your partner well. Then one and one become three. There is no easy way.Reply

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