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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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| To Plod Forward, Even In The Face Of Certain Doom ||Nov 19th. at 5:06:21 pm UTC|
|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 UTC|
|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 UTC|
|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 UTC|
|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 UTC|
|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).
| Thirst For Knowledge ||Nov 19th. at 7:20:45 pm UTC|
|Ember820 (Lebanon,ohio) ||Age: 40 - Email |
Sice the age of 12, I have be thirsty for more knowledge of our wiccan ways and the way of the witch. My grands were witches and i loved their way, their way is alot like the wiccan but just not quite. So I do alot of research on these awesome matters. I am a professed witch with wiccan ways and some poeple just laugh and say you can't have it both ways and i tell them i can 'cause I am a solitary practitioner no onr rule in my dome but me. AND THE GODS THAT BE!!!!!Being of Indian decent also gives me more stomping ground too. So you see I have Motivation all over the place!
Blessed Be to all and Merry Merry Ment
| WHAT IF.... ||Nov 19th. at 9:07:35 pm UTC|
|Diego (Brazil) ||Age: 20 - Email |
What if there was no war arounding us? What if there was no hungry among people? What if there was respect, love, tolerance in pures 100%?????? Well, thast´s my MOTIVATION...I dream for the day that all these things will come true (respect, love and tolerance).
Kinda utopic, but still a dream...Only a dream can change the whole world to better...I could say many others things, but would get many days to write them down (LOL), but I can resume them in 1 single statement: "Everything that's good for me and to the others is the right option".
So, I must confess sometimes I got myself very pissed off(so sorry 'bout this word)with many important issues that aren't in subject or are lefted away by people.
I don't know quite well what happens in other countries but Brazil, but I do know that in here we have really serious probs, but many interested people are doing their part, joing in Not Gov Orgs as Greenpeace, CARE, and so...I also do my part, or well, try to as possible...I´m an Ecletic Solitary Wiccan that just born (or re-born)to the Gods, and I learned how to love Them and respect Them...I worship my magick for their glory and that's my motivation!!
| Words To Live By ||Nov 19th. at 10:38:08 pm UTC|
|Menahem of Egypt (Future destination: San Antonio, TX USA) ||Age: 35 - Email |
Patrick Henry said it best, " Give me liberty or give me death!".
This adage is what inspires me as a Pantheist.
Link to More info related to this post -- HERE
| Poetic Inspiration ||Nov 19th. at 10:58:23 pm UTC|
|Delaney (Northwest Florida) ||Age: 32 - Email |
I always find this heartening.
O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless--of cities fill'd with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I,and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light--of the objects mean--of the struggle ever renew'd;
Of the poor results of all--of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest--with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring--What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here--that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.
-- Walt Whitman
I'm always reminded that I am a unique and special person, with my own contributions to make. It's also a subtle reminder that in a sense it's my duty to make my verse the best it can possibly be. (And, yes, I loved the movie it was used in.)
| Motivation? ||Nov 19th. at 11:07:25 pm UTC|
|Mike (Melbourne, Australia) ||Age: 20 - Email |
My motivation, or my impulse comes from from respect for the lifeforce, belief in choice, and seeking to understand myself as a warrior as I have come across the experiences.
(Try 'Awakening the Warrior Within' by Dawn Callan for a better idea on that)
| I'd Like To Say It's Love... ||Nov 20th. at 1:02:32 am UTC|
|Bittersweet (New Jersey, USA) ||Age: 29 - Email - Web|
But I can't. Self preservation is the number one motivating force in my life. I've had to validate my very right to be alive, to be who I am, to express who I am. I cannot give in to cynicism or indifference to suffering. I can't do that and still be who I am. I can't do that and survive. THAT is my motivating force.
"I am the ideal against which I measure myself."
I wrote that ten years ago and it is still an inspiring statement. To be WHO I AM is the greatest gift I can give to myself -- the greatest gift I can give to the world. It is what motivates me to forgive myself, to love myself, and to allow my life to unfold in its natural course. It is what allows me to accept success and failure, joy and pain. If I cannot be who I truly am, I cannot survive. I lived as a woman dead to the world for many years. And I won't go back there. I am living proof that self-preservation is a powerful motivating force for change.
| I'm Inspired By... ||Nov 20th. at 2:14:56 am UTC|
|Illusia (Sin City, baby!) ||Age: 28 - Email |
...my son. I want to make the world a better place for him to live and gro up in. He's part of the worlds most precious resource: the children. They are what will be. He learns everything he knows from me and the environment I provide for him. Yes, there are things I have no control over, but when he asks me about them, I try to do the best I can. I want to know that as he grows, he learns tolerance, patience, kindness, and that what he does can and will come back to him times three. At 8 years old, he's already learning the Wiccan ways, not because I'm forcing him to but because he wants to.
Besides, there's no better elixer for a bad day than a hug and a good belly laugh from an 8 year old.
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