The truth is, wanting to help people discover their values and gather the strength, courage and willingness to live accordingly is what everything I do comes down to. It’s invariably the subject of my blog posts and it’s a main theme of the memoir I am writing.
But there’s more. It’s not just about following your heart. It’s about living a life connected to nature. Not just appreciating it but living with it, in relationship with it, with respect. I call it “living a simple life.”
I am re-searching what is my core passion and desire in terms of making a positive diference in the world.
I’ll tell you something: helping people who want to take better care of themselves is a cover for something.
Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees
So, I’m now turning towards the community around me to see how to serve right where I am. Moving and frightening, this will create community connection, which I’ve heard some say is true abundance, but the story in my head says it will be at the expense of earning a comfortable livelihood.
What is Wealth?
I confess: have it and I’m still looking for it, rubbing my eyes with fists of disbelief, for what I have is not what my culture nor my parents told me is what success looks like.
My passionate contemplation of true wealth officially began when I left my marriage over twenty years ago and founded a Voluntary Simplicity Support Group in order to provide support to myself and others in the quest for a meaningful, authentic–to–the-core life. It continued when I left my excellent life to follow my heart to Latin America almost eight years ago.
Overall, I am profoundly grateful. I have found what I was missing in my life: a deep connection to the nature where I live and a place where the traditions are alive. Ecstacy is punctuated by angst in different forms and two of these are the questions of wealth and success, which I still grapple with. I’m not supposed to admit that, I think. But I also have seen and learned that our greatest struggles are our greatest gifts.
I have a conversation with neighbors about how to teach the visitors to our pueblo not to throw their trash on the ground. This doesn’t earn me money, but connects me to the community, and fuels my fierce protectiveness of the Earth and my place on her which I passionately love. I feel better physically, mentally and emotionally than I’ve felt in half a year after this engagement.
Jumping off the Cliff, Again
I give myself to this process.
May these sharings strike some resonance with your human experience. May you feel less alone and validated in your search and questions. May we all find peace and ease and learn to live and dance in community, in a circle, under the trees.
Stay tuned for more reflections and learnings from my simple life in this foreign land!