There's a stiff North West Wind blowing this morning...I heeded the call to take just a few more pictures of the incredible Autumn show of colour this year.
For the last while, the backyard has given us blazing fire engine reds, yellows and oranges to rival the Sun, and royal purples and burgundies for king-like balance.
Spring was beautiful; full of promise. Autumn is fulfilling that promise, shouting out with joy at another successful season of growth.
Leaves fly through the air, for great distances, sometimes, until Wind lets them drift to the Earth, where they settle in colourful clumps, their life purpose complete.
As I meandered through the garden, the inevitable thoughts entered my mind...what is my life's purpose? Why am I here? What have I done that has value?
As I ticked off the events of my life in my head, wondering if the way I dealt with each crisis or celebration in my life would be considered correct, given a pass, by the Powers That Be...I remembered Dan Millman's book "The Life You Were Born to Live". It is a guide to finding your life's purpose. I was drawn to it years ago, and I have referred to this book so many times, for myself and others.
I follow the 26/8 path, on Mr. Millman's Life-Purpose System. I am, during this lifetime, to work with abundance, power and recognition. Because our life purpose gives us inherent challenges, I have trouble with issues relating to money, power, authority, control and recognition.
Hmmm. No kidding. Sometimes I don't want to be figured out so clearly.
Most of what Mr. Millman says about me is absolutely correct. Mr. Millman is also a 26/8, and he understands himself very well. I follow his advice often...especially when it comes to money issues. He has a quote from someone in his book..."I don't like money, but it quiets my nerves."
How true. I would much rather, so much rather, live without the need for money. I don't even carry cash... With money, I don't see the whole...how it is just a form of energy, giving a fair balance to any exchange. It is not all or nothing...abundance or poverty. There is a middle ground.
And power...yikes! It's taken me years to learn my own power. And even now, I still give it away!
But Mr. Millman's book spans a lifetime of learning from various life lessons, some huge and some small. It is a comfort to know that I am still learning...I don't have to understand it all now.
And some things, perhaps I will never understand. That's the way of it.
So, as I watch the leaves swirl and dance, singing their final song, around me, I notice they look extremely joyous! As if it didn't matter, in their final hours, if their Life's Purpose was totally fulfilled...they were going Home. With more knowledge and wisdom than before they came...
When the time comes, that's the way it will be for me.