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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!
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| Just Something As Simple As... ||Nov 19th. at 11:18:41 am EST|
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.”
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."
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| My Motivation ||Nov 19th. at 2:23:54 pm EST|
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.
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| 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.
| To Plod Forward, Even In The Face Of Certain Doom ||Nov 19th. at 5:06:21 pm EST|
|Tamara K Winfrey Bennett (Indianapolis IN USA) ||Age: 31 - Email |
Motto: "To plod forward, even in the face of certain doom"
And, from LOTR, when Frodo tells Gandalf he wished the ring had never come to him(paraphrased-- I don't have the book or movie in front of me):
Gandalf: "So do all who live through such times, but that is not for them to decide. What is important is what we decide to do with the time we have." I've probably butchered that, but you get the idea...
And there is the ever-popular "God hates a coward," which my Catholic husband seems to like....
| Love Of Life ||Nov 19th. at 5:09:13 pm EST|
|Bryir Fox (Omaha/Bellevue) ||Age: 25 - Email |
What Modivates you?
I think about this alot. I mean It is never for me in the Front of my mind it is for those around me. My Loves weither they are a year old or 100. Those special people that who I would give my all to. For me I could live in a box on a corner, For them I have left my doors open and food in my Fridge, Money what ever. Just to keep them safe.
I am Also Motivated by the Need to LIVE, to see and touch all that is around. Travel (A sagitarius imagine that), to Learn and to DO.
If it wasn't for the People and all that is around I don't know that I would get out of bed in the morning.
| To Learn As Much In My Life As I Can, My Addiction. ||Nov 19th. at 6:00:57 pm EST|
|Danielle Stiner (Albuquerque, New Mexico) ||Age: 17 - Email |
Since I was little, to learn new things was my biggest passion, it didnt have to be anything in specific, but it was my, addiction. This religion if you call it, intrests me very much and yet no one seems to quite understand how intense our human emotions can challenge our will to do the, sensible thing when we get hurt. I am not sure if I can ever explain the way your religion makes me feel, but I can say thank you all for, wanting to learn new things, for having an open mind about modern religions, older, ancient, practices. You open the door of opportunities for more than just those who would like to practice but for those who truly need some real faith. Something that won't turn us down if we break one rule, a religion that will always be there.
| "if You Can Keep Yr Head... ||Nov 19th. at 6:10:34 pm EST|
|lilith (los angeles) ||Age: 33 - Email |
while all around you others are losing theirs and blaming you..."
anger is my main motivation. its not always a healthy one. it doesnt always work. its not always easy to control. i was attracted to the concepts of ceremonial magic, not because i am obsessed with rites and gestures but because the idea of summoning the dark forces and bending it to yr will sounds like what i go through on a daily basis. i have to work to keep the anger constructive and not slip over the line into hatred. that is the tricky part. other than that, anger has been an energizing force for me. i sat down some years ago and contemplated the emotions that are hard for me to control, and they are depression and anger, and anger is more an emotion and depression a state of being. the emotion that is always closest to the surface of my life is anger. so i realized if i could work with it instead of against it, i could harness it and do something useful with it. so i consider it my main motivation.
depression is a motivation also. i will not take drugs to control it. i have to be careful with that one as well, because these are both potentially destructive things to have in one's personality. depression can so easily tip into listless lethargic suicidal nothingness that in some ways it is more deadly than the explosiveness of rage. but it also keeps me sober and observant and sharp, oddly enough. depression has been a curse and a gift and i wont let go of it unless i get to the point where i cannot function on any level.
these may sound like strange motivators. but they work for me. i use them to keep going. anger makes me politically interested and keeps me working for the causes i work for. depression keeps me compassionate, at least in bursts. so i own them and i have no problem with them. they are demons but there are tools and rites to keep them on my side.
as for a good quote? God hates a coward.
| What Motivates Me ||Nov 19th. at 6:46:22 pm EST|
|Maggie Caldwell (Midland, MI) ||Age: 19 - Email |
The reason that I manage to get out of bed in the morning is quite simple...music! Nothing else in my life is quite so stable, and quite so satisfying as the melody on which I ride. There are many areas of my life that make me unhappy, and just to have that one to cling to is the most precious thing in the world. "My love is music; for I will marry melody..." Perhaps this is so important to me because my one passion, my one desire is to express myself through music; to let the world know how I feel, and to let it consume me. I always know that no matter what goes wrong, or how lonely I am, music will always be a part of me that cannot be taken away. "Won't you let me take you for a ride; you can stop the world, try to change my mind; won't you let me show you how it feels; you can stop the world, but you won't change me. I need music, I need music, I need music to set me free, to let me bleed." (The quotes come from the song "Bleed," by Cold).
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