"The little road says go, the little house says stay: And O, it's bonny here at home…. " ~The House and the Road by Josephine Preston Peabody
I feel my whole life has been a journey to home. From the time I started attending school the only place I really wanted to be was at home. Home is my sanctuary. It's my place of belonging, and my place of spirit and creativity. Life's circumstances has meant for me, as it has for the vast majority that I need to earn an income. To bring home the bacon.
This is the first in a new series of posts that I will add to from time to time. I have called the series 'Bringing Home the Bacon'. I started this series as a way to comfort myself, because working outside the home I have less time to spend following my 'soul purpose'. I will explain what I mean by soul purpose.
Do you have dreams? Something that you have yearned for, but seems to take you along a different path from everyone else in your life? Do you feel unfulfilled and have a strong intuition that if that thing you yearned for showed up in your life then you would be living your life as it was meant to be lived? That your day to day life would be an expression of yourself? That your outward life would match your inner ideals, values and vision? Soul purpose is living true to yourself, knowing what it is that you were born to do.
An average day at home is better than a terrific day at work.
I am so grateful for the skills and gifts I have developed throughout my working life. My work over the years has shaped my perspectives and in part made me the person I am today. And the person I am today is someone I like very much.
I have been lucky to have worked over the years in very good jobs with some good mentors. I currently work in a job that would be the ideal job of many. I have helped many, many, people and worked on interesting community projects. However a core truth of my being is that an average day at home is better than a terrific day at work. I want to be home working on things there but circumstances being what they are I need to be at work doing something else. This sometimes leads to me feeling that my life is fragmented.
Sometimes I can make things harder for myself than they need to be and my feeling of living a fragmented life is a perception of mind. It might be a perception shared by many, but it is still a perception. As Shakespeare wrote "things are neither good or bad it is just our thinking makes it so." So I am going to stop (as much as possible,) being a Mrs Complaineypants and start viewing my life as richly multifaceted rather than fragmented.
Before I started my blog I thought long and deeply about naming my blog "Making Haven". I knew that it wasn't a name that was exactly self-explanatory. So here is what "Making Haven" means to me.
It is firstly about my efforts to make my home a haven. So in that aspects it is about the changes we make here to create our little farmlet; how we make it a self-supporting home.
Secondly and just as importantly to me is the feeling that I am on the journey toward making a safe harbour, or reaching haven.
Thirdly as I work toward becoming more of a producer and less of a consumer in my life my home increasingly becomes a haven of making.
I don't know if the foregoing makes any real sense for others, or even grammatically but that is what it means to me.