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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 

LIFE Nov 20th. at 6:37:13 pm EST

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 EST

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."

It Is The Little Things In Life... Nov 20th. at 6:57:14 pm EST

Rainsong (San Juan, PR) Age: 30 - Email

I find that the big joys or tragedies are easier to understand and either enjoy or overcome, albeit with help. These are things that others experience and live in their lives. However, just as a papercut can be painful while it gains no sympathy from people (as opposed to a broken leg), it is the little things in life that can either trip me up or keep me going. A smile, a cute pet, a nasty look, a lack of chocolate... These little things can add up during the day.

Survival Nov 20th. at 8:35:07 pm EST

Robert Storm (Tucson,Az/ Asheville,NC) Age: 48 - Email

The longer I live the more my motivations are driven by my deire for the Craft to survive. In addition to leaving my daughter something of spiritual value as well as mundane security, I am ever focused on contributing to the longevity the spititual path of Wicca by whatever means possible, be it through writing, public speaking, supporting like causes, or the building of a Santuary devoted to the Elder Gods. Since I believe we need more safe places to worship and coven, I have bent my will to that task. The green, the rich earth, a place where others may come and have an environment of open expression and study; this seems to be a worthy goal. So the motivation would be one of providing support for other believers and ultimatly a legacy. Stormbringer

Here We Go Nov 20th. at 9:10:40 pm EST

Sheila (land of enchantment) Age: 33 - Email

Remember, what you think, is.

From Ceredwen... Nov 20th. at 9:50:59 pm EST

Alexis Eudy (Eugene, OR) Age: 18 - Email

Awen! (Inspiration)

Think of Ceredwen and her cauldron.. and the potion for her son that was recieved by Gwion Bach (Taliesin). Wisdom! Inspiration!

My Answer Nov 20th. at 10:04:17 pm EST

Elaina (Mulkeytown, Illinois) Age: 25 - Email

I personally don't follow the rede. Why? Phyllis Currott's Witch Crafting has a great section on this too. If you worship all life as sacred, and feel the divine in everything that is including yourself and if you see all the inhabitants of this planet as extensions of the Gods and Goddesses then why would you ever want to intentionally hurt or bring harm in any way to anything? You don't have to have the paranoia of the Rede or the three-fold law to stop you, you respect and love your Goddess/God so much that you want to always do what's best for people and the earth. I know that we all make mistakes and screw up but it is one's intention that makes the behavior harmful or not.
So I watch my intentions and try not to do anything that seems overly selfish or harmful.
I love life and I love the Goddess so that's my reason for motivation.

I have a temper when someone really makes me mad and purposely tries to hurt my feelings or p*ss me off. I have had huge cravings to cast hexes on these people and ruin their day or say something like "for the rest of the day you will find everything going wrong." I just keep reminding myself that the root of nearly all conflict is fear...and mostly in my age bracket of 20-25 or so it stems from low self-esteem, so people in order to build themselves up attack others to try to soften their fear that they are afraid noone will like them for who they truly are. So they hide behind the masks of anger or attitude. I try to remember that these people are suffering and I don't need to add to that suffering.

My statement that sums up stuff for me is from the Charge...
"If you don't find it within you will never find it without"
This is how I live. If I want something like friendship or love I have to start at home first, inside myself. I know that if my intentions are wrong then I will encounter people who are harmful and situations that are harmful, so I try to keep my insides clear.

Reaching Critical Mass Forces Me Out Of Solitude Nov 21st. at 12:10:58 am EST

Hanowah (Ohio) Age: 0 - Email

My motivation is simple: The Winged Ones are dieing by the thousands. I have been a silent, solitary for 20 years, but now I must speak. For seven generations, I have hand fed chickadees and other songbirds in a nature preserve near my home. The pulse of their wings has filled my ears as the Winged Ones have landed in my hand thousands of times. But now, the birds have fallen from the sky by the thousands. The "authorities" blame it on West Nile Virus, spread by mosquito bites. Yet, with my daily walks in the forest, I swatted 4 mosquitos from May until the October frosts. Still, even published reports indicate that 10,000 great horned owls have died in my state alone, plus thousands of red tail hawks, a personal totem of mine. What we are not hearing is that uncounted thousands of songbirds have died as well. This time last year, at least 5 different feeding flocks of 6-15 birds swarmed to my hand along a half mile trail. Today, on the same trail. I fed 4 chickadees. I saw five. A local rehabilitator tells me that the birds are dieing a horrible, wasting death, complete with convulsions. A mature great horned owl was brought in alive,weighing only 14 ounces, soon to colvulse and die.
It is time for all those who walk in the Light to make manifest for our Winged Ones on both the material and spiritual planes. Feed the birds to help them through the winter, and keep your feeders clean to avoid spreading more deadly diseases. At least 35 states have reported dead birds testing positive for West Nile, and what will your world be if the Winged Ones are gone? It is time to set ego aside, and to do the Work on behalf of the Winged Ones for the Good of All. After all, they are indeed the proverbial canaries in the coal mine. They have touched me so, I can also guarantee that each one is a divine individual, each one is a Being. What motivates me to finally call out from my solitude is my profound grief over these terrible losses of uncounted thousands of magnificent life forms. Please help in any way that you can because Mitakuya Oyasin: "we are all related." We have the Power to transform reality, and our winged relatives desperately need this transformation as do we all. Finally reaching this critical mass has motivated me; what is critical enough for you to Focus and Act Accordingly? What's it going to take?

Honor And Family Nov 21st. at 1:35:02 am EST

Crevan Fox (Canada) Age: 19 - Email - Web

My headline signs it up quite well. I ask myself if what I am doing would dishonor myself or those I care about. I also put my family first in almost everything. If you can't count on family who can you trust?

Reflected Light Nov 21st. at 2:11:15 am EST

Cygnet (Tucson AZ) Age: 45 - Email

Every day I see what disharmony does to this planet and its inhabitants, including four-legged,
winged, scaled... By following my path I feel that can make difference in their lives, even if its just one at a time. The Goddess has smiled on me for many years, I can remember knwoing Her before I knew much of anything else, and I like to reflect Her love - inside and out. Since Her love is given freely, doing rituals for the Earth is just one way to show Her my thanks.

Compassion And Understanding Nov 21st. at 9:59:53 am EST

Athena (Dale, NY) Age: 23 - Email

Though the Rede is a driving force in my life, I also try to live my life as a compassionate and understanding person. I am always the first to listen to other people's problems and offer advice when I can. When conflicts arise I look for the cause before finding the solution. Life is difficult enough without going through it without compassion and understanding.

Quotation? Nov 21st. at 10:03:08 am EST

JD (WA, USA) Age: 23 - Email

I came across this quote by Plutarch while surfing a Latin quotation site just yesterday. I find it nicely sums up just about everything I stand for, so I thought I would share it. It goes:

"Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores."

Translated, it reads, "You keep to your own ways, and leave mine to me." It seems to me that if more people took this quote and made it a rule for living, the world would be a much better place (I know the US certainly would). As for me, I'm making this my own personal motto.


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