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Living With Purpose

Updated on March 10, 2013
Perfection only exists in nature
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I am a person, a real, honest to God human being with purpose and value. I am made of flesh and blood, heart and soul. My journey in life has taken me through both hills and valleys, sunshine and rain. At times I wanted to curl up in a ball and let life pass me by and times when I raced blindly and without fear into the unknown.

Along the way, my journey of self-awareness and self-discovery brought me understanding and acceptance that there was an unseen force at work. That force propels me towards people who take my hand and guide me on my journey to finding purpose in my life. Obstacles placed in my way sometimes force me to take a turn I would not have chosen for myself. Upon my arrival at these often unfamiliar places, I come face to face with my fear of discovering who I really am.

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~ Anaïs Nin


My Truth

Like many of you, I have chased religion like a Beagle on the trail of a rabbit. I’ve tiptoed through the philosophy of almost every religion and found there are some uniformly basic truths present in each of them. I have concluded that I am spiritual, not religious. I believe in God, one God, and that God is the guiding force in my life.

I do not believe that perfection exists anywhere but in nature and therefore, I accept that I am not and will not ever be - perfect. I have no misconceptions about my importance or value in the world yet I know that my life has a purpose and the journey is leading me to the discovery of that purpose. The young girl who thought it was her job to please everyone and solve every problem no longer exists. She has matured and with each challenge in life, she has come closer to knowing who she is, and, who she isn’t. It is all part of the journey.

Who I am NOT

  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood. I am not a slave. You cannot make me do what you want by threatening or punishing me.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood. I am not a toy. You cannot leave me on a shelf until you need me to impress your friends.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood. I am not a bottomless well. You cannot draw water from me day after day without replenishing my source.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood. I am not a computer that you can program. My code was written before I was born.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood. I am not a machine with parts you can replace when they break. My parts must be repaired or healed, with time and love.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood. I am not a puppet. You cannot pull my strings to make me perform.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood. I am not a sheep. I will not follow you blindly without questioning the path you have chosen.

Who I AM

  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood. I laugh when I am happy and when I am scared.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood, a person who cries when I am sad and when I am happy.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood, a daughter, born out of love, who honors you for giving me life and a daughter who will take care of you when you can no longer care for yourself.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood, a big sister who loved you even when you teased and picked on me and loves you more now for the man you have become.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood, an aunt, who held you when you were small and opened a special place in my heart that is yours alone.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood, a friend who will hold your hand and walk through the fire with you; the one you can share your heart with trusting that I will never betray your trust.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood, a person who loves deeply and without judgment for the choices you make.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood, with fears just like you.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood, a person who makes mistakes often and is not too proud to apologize and try to make it right.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood, who loves nature and strives to conserve and protect its beauty.
  • I am a person, made of flesh and blood, who cares about people and will hold the hand of the one who is scared and wipe away the tears of the one who is sad.

“When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.” – Joseph Campbell

Confronting Self and Looking Beyond

I am a person, made of flesh and blood, who looks in the mirror and is comfortable with what I see. I am honest about my age,the gray hairs, my weight, the wrinkles. I have earned them all.

But it is not enough to be comfortable with the physical appearance.I am more than that visual image. I have a heart and a spirit that must be satisfied too. I cannot reach my full potential until I have become friends with the physical, the desires of the heart, and the purpose of the spirit. The three must learn to live in harmony with each other. It may seem to be a lofty goal but the reward is infinite.

When the physical, the heart, and the soul dwell harmoniously, we awaken to the existence of a higher power, the force that is beckoning us to reach our greatest potential. That is true bliss.

Thanks to you, I am on my way.

I am a seeker, a seeker of self awareness and a seeker of answers to all of life's mystery. As Joseph Campbell said so eloquently, when you follow your bliss, doors will open.

In May of 2012, I ventured into this place called Hubpages with no real experience in writing for an audience. I had no expectations. In fact, I thought it was a bit of folly for me to give it a try. I wrote a few hubs and received some encouraging feedback. I was inspired to keep going. Looking back, I now know with certainty that it was no accident that I came here.

I followed my heart; a heart that loved the power of words, and doors began to open. They were not doors to fame or fortune. They were the doors to hearts; hearts that opened in friendship and support. You know who you are.

I am humbled and grateful. My experience here has been beautiful and the friendships I have made are precious gifts. You, my friends, are the proof that there is more good in this world than evil. You are the proof that people are kind and loving and willing to offer a hand up instead of turning a blind eye. I am proud and honored to walk among you. Your hearts are the doorway to me finding my bliss and I thank you.

© 2012 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi martie. Wouldn't life be dull without the mystery and riddles? I am proud to be considered one of "you". There's nothing more powerful that some good sistahs who have joined forces. :-)

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    Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

    Linda, this is another excellent philosophical hub by you. I could only say amen-amen from beginning to end. The more I read you, the more I like you. You are without any doubt one of 'us'.... Definitely a member of our sisterhood in CyberSpace.

    .... and we just never stop unraveling the riddles of Life.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi pickles andrufus. Thank you for reading and for the compliment. I always appreciate your visits.

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    picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    A very touching hub and what and enjoyable read!! Vote up!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, I have no idea why you did it twice but I am always grateful to find you in my comments. Or in my email. Or on my facebook page. Did you forget you had read this one? lol

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    This was better the second time around, and it was damn good the first time. :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Shauna. When I wrote this one, I was feeling very "human" and "imperfect" but still purposeful. I thought - why not show this, afterall, it is a real human emotion. I'm glad I did. Thank you for the comment but mostly, for being my friend and kindred spirit.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, what a soul bearing piece! Absolutely beautiful, as are you. I am so proud to call you my friend!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Gypsy - thank you so much for the sweet compliment. I am so glad you like this hub.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Wonderfully put. You make it a delight to be a human being.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Louisa, thank you so much. You just made my day.

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    Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

    I like all your creative images-- machine, toy, sheep, etc. You forgot to say, you have a radiant smile!

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    Scott Roakes 4 years ago from Bridgton,Maine

    I think like most journeys there are ups and downs. The people we meet and the lessons they bring us make us who we are. Keep seeking, follow your heart and always remain You!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Scott. The journey to discovering who I am was sometimes painful and hard but the value - immeasurable. I appreciate your sentiment very much.

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    Scott Roakes 4 years ago from Bridgton,Maine

    I enjoyed this Linda! "I am a person" nicely stated. Thanks for being You!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Epi-man, I am so glad you visited today. Your comment warms my heart today. Thank you! Hope you are enjoying the day.

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    Your writing - your thoughts - your ideas - always give me purpose - you move me and touch me - and that is what great writers do - of which you are one - and sending warm wishes and good energy to you from lake erie time ontario canada 3:11pm

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dear Leslie, your comment here warms my heart. Hubpages is part of my journey, no doubt. I don't think you can write without examining your own feelings and philosphy about your subjects. At least I can't. :-) I love your comment about me fitting in. It may be the only place I've ever been where I felt that to be completely true. lol

    I love the spirit of those I've met here. There's attitude and compassion, talent and cynicism. humor and brutal honesty. Where else can you get so much of human nature in one place?

    Thank you Leslie. You have made my day.

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    Linda, my new and amazing friend - i hung on every single word from beginning to end - and found myself nodding in agreement! We are only human - we cannot please the world - we must start with pleasing ourselves and understanding that while our 'code' was written at or before birth - the ONLY one who can adjust it in any way - is ourselves!

    i love that you understand that the journey is our purpose - and our responsibility is to learn and grow along the way. You certainly have! I'm SO glad your life path guided you to hubpages - and to us, me specifically (cause i'm selfish..lol)...

    You fit in perfectly!

    voting/sharing...

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Rajan - Thank you for your visit and nsightful comment.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    What a beautiful hub Linda! Each one of us has to find his purpose in life only then can pure bliss be attained. It is a journey and for some a life long one. I'm glad you have found your purpose.

    Voted up & beautiful.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Amy, you make my day a virtual rainbow. Yes, we have walked similar roads, no doubt. We've learned a lot along the way too, haven't we. I think we found HP at the right time in our life, when we were ready for the challenge and for the reward of belonging to a community of people who encourage rather than attempt to destroy. It's a good place to be and I am so happy to share the experience with you.

    I've been with my parents all day so I'm a bit frazzled but will try to respond to your email by morning. I am starting to feel guilty about not having done so. But, it deserves a thoughful resonse so until I have the time to do so properly, it will wait. Thank you for the beautiful comment and no, you don't dare. lol

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    Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Your awesome writing tells me that we have walked similar paths, Linda. I spent too many years, all of my youth, galloping like a Golden Retriever, turning myself inside out, to please. Usually, when I looked up at the person I was bending over backwards for, I discovered there was no one there. When I got divorced a little over 2 years ago, and subsequently lost my job due to the economy, I found the greatest love in the undying loyalty of my Scottish Terrier. He needed me. He loved me. He taught me about life, Linda, what I call "the poop factor." MacGregor, being a perfectly honest canine, had no illusions that the poopy part of life was necessary. Our imperfections are just as much a part of our reality as our ideals. It took living with my dog to see, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that reality involves a whole lot of poop to shovel. And I'm not speaking metaphorically. Real is not always pretty; sometimes it stinks. But, that doesn't mean it's bad. It just means its real. I loved my dog with all my heart and still miss him, poop and all.

    Hubpages did the same thing for me, Linda. Even though my friends here know I'm not perfect, they make me feel special...like a star in my own right. And, I feel the same about you...you are real, you are beautiful and I am so happy to call you my friend. As always, your piece offers a cornucopia of food for thought, enlightenment and acceptance. Dare I say, it's perfect.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    And you have made my day shiningirsheyes. Thank you so much. I am deeply touched by your comment.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    "I am a person, made of flesh and blood, a friend who will hold your hand and walk through the fire with you; the one you can share your heart with trusting that I will never betray your trust."

    You have more than prove this to me in so many ways and I consider it a blessing to have you as a friend.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    MH, you are way too kind but I appreciate you. You always find time to read my hubs and encourage me. That means more than words can say.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Debbie, you are so sweet. Thank you so much and I wish you and yours a beautiful holiday season too.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for sharing you, so precious, with us. What a step and statement of a human, a jewel... a star of eternity.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    I am so glad you are writing at the hub pages.. I have been so blessed being here. I have learned so much from so many great writers. and made some wonderful friends.

    bless you in your writing..

    Merry Christmas

    Debbie

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Scott. It's all about the journey, isn't it? I graduated from the school of hard knocks with a 4.0 gpa. Now, I'm just trying to apply the lessons. I can't wait to see what you're going to do here Scott. Once the word gets out and people read what exists deeply within you, they are going to love you. Stay tuned.

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    Scott Roakes 4 years ago from Bridgton,Maine

    Great Statement and read Linda! it lets us in on who you are and who you seek to be. And Thank you so much for your encouragement.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, why doesn't this thing have touch screen hugs and kisses? This was going to be a H.O.W. hub and look what happened. As you said, there was a crack in my soul today and I slipped out, bleeding and grinning too. I wish I was all that you said but I am a small piece of clay being molded by the love and support of people like you who inspire and set the example. Thank you!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    True bliss is in knowing you, Linda! What a beautiful portrait of a human being....the good, the bad, the cracks and crevices, the rock foundation, the weather-beaten walls that still stand strong....this was as good a piece as you have written. Bravo, my kindred spirit. You know what you are? You are a writer of considerable talent, and a human being with a huge heart.