Thursday, October 8, 2009

29 Days and Chap 3 - Desire

This week Chapter 3 of "The Joy Diet" focuses on Desire.

Martha Beck wants us to "identify, articulate, and explore at least one of (our) heart's desire, each day".

As I read her words, the steps she gives us lead us to fulfilling our desires. Stillness, honesty lead us to choosing and exploring.

I found myself desiring a world of art and words. I have had a dream for a long time where writing and creating and teaching art filled my world. This past year I am finally taking the baby steps to get there! And I will continue to add more and more art and writing!

Today a read an article on Cami Walker, author of "29 Days: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life". This simple concept resonated in me. The whole notion of changing our world by making tiny changes really made me realize that I want to see changes, that the "Pay it forward" idea is a very sound one.

I signed up here and will begin the 29 Days of Giving, starting tomorrow.
Cami says that by the end of the 29 Days she felt better and was truly happy. She posed a question on her blog - and I wish to pose it to you:
"Why don't you try giving away something to others each day for 29 days,too?"

It can be as simple as paying a compliment, reading to a shut-in, or paying for someone's coffee or meal.

29 Days of giving was an African ritual and is now expanding around the world!
"29 Gifts is a global giving movement with several thousand members in 38 countries. Our collective mission at 29 Gifts is to revive the giving spirit in the world. We change lives—and change the world—one gift at a time."


Sherry said...

Beverley I am so glad that you are experiencing and loving the desires in your life...and that you will continue to build on that -- working with your words and your art.

The 29 Days of Giving sounds wonderful...and I am very much all about pay it forward in life. I just love the doing with no expectation of a return!!!

Anonymous said...

It's so wonderful to hear that you're moving towards your dreams... Beautiful!

Grammy said...

Hi Bev. What a wonderful Ideal. I so hope you have many blessings from it. Also I received your beautiful atc. I will cherish it too. Thank you big hug.

Leone said...

I love the word 'desire'. I, too, desire a life filled with art and writing and wish you all the best in attaining that goal.

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Keep moving towards your dreams. That is what we all need to do.

Lexington said...

It is so beautiful to see the way that you describe your dreams and desires. Thank you for sharing.

Beverley Baird said...

Thanks you so much for visiting and leaving such supportive words.
Have a grreat weekend (for those in Canada - Happy Thanksgiving!

The Other Laura said...

Moving toward your desire scan be a powerful thing! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on desire.

Karen D said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with desire this week. the 29 days of gift giving sounds wonderful.

Angie said...

I fully understand to want more art and words in your life, sucha fulfilling desire, and to want to give, to pay it forward is such a great concept. I would lie to join forces in doing this, like leaving little post it notes on peoples cars, or cards in mail boxes, sounds like great fun!

Genie Sea said...

I love the concept of giving as an intentional, mindful thing. :) May your path to your desires be easy and enjoyable! :)

Unknown said...

I read about 29 days in body and soul - I am sort of doing it, but more to nurture relationships I have been neglecting rather than more generally.