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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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| 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.
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| 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.
| Knowledge ||Nov 20th. at 11:02:34 am UTC|
|xi (Conneaut, OH) ||Age: 25 - Email |
for whithout knowledge one can know survive. with out it one goes stale and loses the thoughts of life and wishes to be no more. Even Methusila ( not sure of spelling here and bad at it anyway) spent his entire existence learning what he could so that he had something to keep him going. Knowledge to man is like milk of the mother to a babe, it makes us who we are in the eyes of all who behold us be they mortal or gods. that is my motivation.
| Simplicity ||Nov 20th. at 12:00:03 pm UTC|
|The Sweeper (OK) ||Age: 48 - Email |
My life is motivated by the needs of my spouse, my children, the people in my life, and even those who are not.
I am motivated by the sunrise and the sunset, the stars of night sky and the bright sunshine of the day.
I am motivated by the quiet of a soft snowfall and the roar of a raging thunderstorm.
I motivated by the need to feel and experience all the gifts of the gods and I feel blessed by them.
I follow no arcane rules or specific guidelines, I simply try to do the right thing, help others, harm none and follow my path where it leads.
| Free Will ||Nov 20th. at 12:08:39 pm UTC|
|James Shrek (Pittsburgh PA) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I try to steer my life by Free Will........the concept that every bieng is free to make their owbn choices, even if those choices don't agree with me. The only time I throw that out is if the action would violate another's Will; for example, murder is wrong because it is a termination of another's Will, basically saying 'My will to kill you matters more than you'. There's a lot more to it, and I know it ain't perfect, but s'okay, neither am I.
| The Three "P's" ||Nov 20th. at 3:07:48 pm UTC|
|Jennifer Paige (Hillsborough, NC) ||Age: 26 - Email - Web|
I am ever motivated to promote religious tolerance and understanding.
Beyond that, I try to stick to the three "p's" I set for myself in my Initiation rite: Patience, Passion, and Perserverance. These transcend into everything I do, permeate every part of my life. If I am dedicated to these three ideas, I am the most dedicated to myself, our world, and the Divine.
| Connecting With The Universal Energy ||Nov 20th. at 3:45:50 pm UTC|
|Appleluna (Palm Desert,CA USA) ||Age: 27 - Email |
What motivates me is my longing since childhood to merge with that universal cosmic consciousness that is apart of us. To create a relationship with the different God\desses that make up this Universal Consciousness. My guiding principles are to have love,respect,keep integrity,honor myself as part of God\dess,learn,trust my instincts, undertand others have there own paths and be open to all. When i first realized all that I could accomplish with magick and knowledge i had to fight with myself to not do negative magick out of hurt or anger. It's easy to let go of one's self in all that so i had to keep in mind that karma is unecsapable and let the universe even things out for me. To me the ability to have an open mind and heart is the greatest gift ever.
| LIFE ||Nov 20th. at 6:37:13 pm UTC|
|Dravon (California) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I believe that the spirit of life itself motivates me and the time I am to share in this world. I live by a simple quote "Live as if you will die today, Dream as if you will live forever" James Dean-
| The Dance ||Nov 20th. at 6:50:16 pm UTC|
|CarrieAnn (Salem) ||Age: 20 - Email |
My motivation is creation itself, being an artist it is my life and my particular form of magick.
To bring a little more honest beauty into the world and walk the pollen path.
"I embrace my desire to
feel the rhythm, to feel connected
enough to step aside and weep like a widow
to feel inspired, to fathom the power,
to witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain,
to swing on the spiral
of our divinity and still be a human.
With my feet upon the ground I lose myself
between the sounds and open wide to suck it in,
I feel it move across my skin.
I'm reaching up and reaching out,
I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been."
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