Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Telling the truth Tuesday - being true to ourselves
I have been working with him during the past six months or so to help make the transition from nonfiction to fiction. The journey, as with everything else in my life, is spiritual in nature--overcoming the obstacles that keep me from living the life I was meant to live. But Mark David is also on his own mind-boggling journey. He has been blogging about it, but seeing it up close and personal while he is here in my own makes it that much more real.
We had a long talk the other day--one in which we both ended up in tears as we realized that as incredibly difficult as this journey is for him, it is so very right. And it is so very right because he is walking a path that ultimately allows him to be true to himself and his purpose in every single way. It doesn't look normal - in fact, some would say it's crazy. It doesn't meet conventional standards or conventional wisdom. But so many people who follow all the rules and live their lives the way they think they are supposed to and the way society says we are supposed to, are unhappy.
If I hadn't followed the whisper of my heart to leave Portland, OR and come to New Mexico, I would not have the very blessed life I have right now. Those whispers are sometimes very hard to hear. And once we hear them, they may be very hard to listen to. How do we trust ourselves and our journeys when we come right up against our biggest fears? Mark David doesn't know the answers as to how. But he does know that he can't go backwards, doing the same things he's done before in order to find a way to this new level of living.
As for me, I keep discovering my truths, about me and my issues, about the way I maneuver through my world, and seeking ways to do it better. Sometimes all I can do is trust the process. I have a teacher in my life that is modeling that in the deepest way possible. Thank you, Mark David.