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Question of the Week: 85 - 11/17/2002

What’s Your Motivation?

What motivates you? What is the guiding principle(s) by which you steer your course? The Rede? Freedom and Justice for All? Honor? Kindness? Truth?

Have you ever had to wrestle with conflicting impulses or actions that may be contrary to what you hold to be your guide? How did you resolve it?

Is there a quotation (or quotations) that best sums up the ideals that you try to live up to or that is your inspiration? Please share it!

 Reponses:   There are 97 responses posted to this question. Reverse Sort 

Treat Each Person As An Individual... Nov 18th. at 8:27:39 pm EST

Yellowwolf (Wayne, MI) Age: 41 - Email

I try to look at the world with an open mind, free to accept or reject anything that comes my way. I keep the following quote from Wallace Stevens close to my heart, because it keeps me from judging others, as they see things from their perspective, not mine: "Twenty men crossing a bridge into a village are twenty men crossing twenty bridges into twenty villages." We all live separate lives, each with our own unique way of viewing the world. Don't reject views because they differ from your own. All we can do is hope we connect with some others as we pass through this life.

Balance And To Some Degree - Faith Nov 18th. at 10:43:57 pm EST

Holli Shan (Leesburg, VA) Age: 32 - Email

The big motivator for me recently has been to live a balanced life. It's challenging to change from a life of imbalance to balanced, when you have been used to being imbalanced (eating more junk food then what's good for you, not exercising..etc) for so long.
You can learn what balance is - but is it ever truly and thoroghly acheived? I guess maybe it is on some days :-). I strive to be balanced and to not let things that I cannot control get me angry or upset (If I can't control what's going on around me - then I don't waste the energy.)
The next motivator - is learning to have faith within myself to believe that I am capable of having and living a balanced life. I've never really run into anything that compromised that, or caused me to consciously go against everything I believe in - so I don't have much to say there.
I don't really have a quote per se that sums up what motivates me, but I do have a song that helps me when sometimes it's a little harder to be motivated. It's "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel. It's a song about giving up what you have for what you might or might not get.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it! *grin*


Remember, A Jedi's Strength *flows* From The Force...... Nov 19th. at 1:06:03 am EST

Your Friendly Neighborhood, Ever-Lovin Magic Rat (The Situation Room) Age: 30 - Email

You know, I don't know what to say to this...

I know what I know about this...

And I know what Lady knows about this...

As for what it's meet to say, I *don't* know,

But here's a blessing on those who ask the right questions
At the right time.


Magic Rat

--Don't ask me, Midgarder, I just work here.--

The Pull Nov 19th. at 4:54:38 am EST

Cepherus (Dayton, OH) Age: 21 - Email

My motivation.... good question. Deep inside past feeling and thought there is a place with no discription. No size no color no measure to describe it. I know its there because I feel it. That would be the only way I can describe it. Its a feeling that has no bearing on emotion or thoughts, completly undescribable. Certain times in my life I can feel it. In my youth I felt that it was empty and that explained the sensation and affect it had on me. But later I realized from that place I am being pulled. When thought and feeling fails to be my motivation in life, the pull starts. It starts small and if my actions derive from correct and positive choices it goes away. If it fails it becomes stronger. Sometimes I can only feel it in the quiet of night. If my motivation still ignores the pull, it grows stong. Strong enough to effect my thinking, feeling and perception. The Pull may be a line of fate I am destined to follow. One that grows when I stray from the path. It may be a blessed being or watcher leading me back to the path. But when all is said and done, where my mind and heart fail to motivate me in life, It will always be there.

I Think Don Waterhawk Says It Best Nov 19th. at 10:54:45 am EST

Trish Telesco (Western NY) Age: 42 - Email - Web

that if you can be focused on Honor, Respect and Gratitude all else seems to fall into place. I won't say it's an easy wheel to walk - it requires truthfulness, realness, a prayerful outlook, awakeness... so many things. But when you're motivated by honor, respect isn't that far behind. When you honor something you don't abuse it. With respect, gratitude isn't far behind -- when you respect something, you're thankful for it too!

Just Something As Simple As... Nov 19th. at 11:18:41 am EST

Kalika (Florida) Age: 16 - Email - Web

My motivation is love. Love the Lord and Lady as they love you. Love the earth and all the life that it holds. Love gives me hope, and helps me make decisions every day. I believe that love is the meaning of life, and that the world is a better place for having it. Friendship, compassion, family, passion... kindness of all shapes and sizes. My motivation is as simple as that. :)

My Response Nov 19th. at 12:12:38 pm EST

Pluto 6 (Denver, CO) Age: 40 - Email

“To your own self be true.”
Shakespeare, I believe, but I don’t know the play…
Inner truth, I could call it. It’s been behind some of the more important decisions of my life. The reason that I left the seminary ten years ago was because I honestly could not profess and teach the dogmas and doctrines of the church and remain true to myself and others. My beliefs about life and reality had grown nebulous, and I could not say how things were in such a concrete way.

“Nothing has such power to broaden (and deepen) the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.”
Marcus Aurelius
The “and deepen” is my addition. If you honestly hold something as important, then you investigate it, and objectively learn all that you can about it. That holds true for Nature, the bible, spirituality, religion, whatever. I can’t just say that I believe in or have a connection to Nature, and leave it at that. For me, that is a false and shallow way to live. So I learn. I go out and observe. I walk the old trails and grasslands and foothills and keep my eyes and ears open. I focus in on what’s out there. How real for me is some fluffy shallow connection to Nature if I can’t tell Her wrens from Her robins, or Her pronghorns from Her deer?
Think of it as a love affair or marriage. I wouldn’t have a deep relationship with someone if I didn’t know anything about that person. If in the course of that relationship I learned something about that other person that would dictate a curtailing of that relationship, then that’s what has to be done.
That way I’m true to myself and the other.
A thanks to Connections Online Journal, where I saw that Aurelius quote. See the "Additional Link." Link to More info related to this post -- HERE

My Motivation Nov 19th. at 2:23:54 pm EST

Charles (Texas) Age: 39 - Email - Web

My motivation in life is to live as mankind was intended to live. To care for Mother Earth and all her children wether they be human, animal, or mineral

My Motives For Life Nov 19th. at 2:36:05 pm EST

jenny (mckinney,tx) Age: 17 - Email

what motives me in life is love between my friends and I.What motivates me in life is love i have for family and friend and the world around me.Life overall is hard for me.My motives usaul are what i look for in life.knowing there may be alot of things in the world that are so horrible undescrible in life .Life is so confusing to me but when your around friends and family life seems to be so clear again. Link to More info related to this post -- HERE

Motivation Nov 19th. at 3:11:00 pm EST

Rowanchilde (Appalachian Mountains) Age: 44 - Email

To move forward, to evolve. We know intellectually that we are all part of the whole cosmos but how difficult sometimes to realize this on a true level. So I stand back and take in the whole picture. The vast timeline we a part of and how insignificant we appear in the enormity of it. It seems a paradox. Yet by viewing it like this I realize the how truly significant I am and that every movement I make, every thought I design, every tiny breath I take has an impact on my evolution, singly and as a part of the whole.

Motivation Moves Me Nov 19th. at 3:28:41 pm EST

Raven Sunwing (White Rock, BC) Age: 17 - Email

Life is my motivation. That may seem odd coming from a seventeen year old from a upper middle class family, but really it isn't. The way I see it life is the ultimate motivation for anyone. Truth and justice may guide your path but they remain only the tools created by the motivation. For me I have survived depression and suicidal thoughts, I continue to battle against the dragon that is my diabetes but I do not give in. Simply because it is life that drives me to continue. Shakespeare said that "all the world's a stage" and well I'm an actress and I'm not about to miss this play. Blessed be.

I Am Connected To The Web Of Life Nov 19th. at 4:49:39 pm EST

Rhianna (Beautiful Oregon) Age: 34 - Email

I am motivated by the constant feeling of connectedness. I am apart of the Big Everything and I am not alone. Somewhere at sometime, someone else (or 2 or 10 or a million) others have felt the same way I feel - good or bad. This has allowed me to love myself and others with less judgement.

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