A little over two years ago, I had a crisis of sorts. I was working five jobs to stay afloat on Martha’s Vineyard and was miserable. The feeling that I had more to give, more to say nagged me constantly, but what was I truly meant to do with my one and precious life? Who was I supposed to be when I grew up?
A friend suggested I write a personal manifesto: a statement of what I wanted to accomplish in my life. I found this brief manifesto in my journal the other day:
My goal is simple: Leave this world having made a mark for the better–kids leading healthy happy lives in a safe environment, a few less people who go hungry at night, more schools and less bombs–these are the makings of a better world. These are the ideas that make me tick. Speaking foreign languages and finding a common bond in differing cultures makes me happy and feel free. So what do I do with all these blessings? How do I make an impact on the world and allow myself room for creativity? I wish I had an answer.
As Rainer Maria Rilke once told his friend, I found my answer by living my questions: Sustainable Shanti, a company which places the highest value on protecting and nourishing people and the planet. Happy holidays to those of you who celebrate them. I know my life is already overflowing with gifts every day and for that I will eternally be grateful.