Recently, Jack Spirko over at the The Survival Podcast had a contest. The winner of the contest won a ticket to the Permaculture Voices 2 conference. This is the second annual conference and the only conference of its kind. This conference is a meeting of Permaculture farmers, teachers, innovators and Permaculture fans. It is a place I want to be. The contest was an essay contest. In 300 words or less, the contestants had to tell Jack why they should be selected to go to the conference. I entered. I did not win. However, writing the essay allowed me to think deeply about my purpose and about what going to this conference would do for me.
I consider it a blessing anytime I get to examine myself and my motives more deeply, It allows me to re-calibrate my actions so that I can be of the best service to myself and others.
I wanted to share my non-winning essay with you:
Helping and Healing. This is my purpose. Once one discovers their purpose, one discovers their passion. Once a passion is discovered, dreams quickly become a reality through work and through doing. Permaculture encompasses both helping and healing. By healing the land, I can help heal people. I am in the process of healing my own land, and I am working to help others heal themselves and their land through my blog. I will continue to help others by holding workshops at my local library, granges, and farm to table restaurants and eventually at my homestead. I want to spread knowledge and skills while leading through example.
I am a perpetual student of permaculture. I continue to expand my knowledge base through books, podcasts and PDCs. To me, permaculture is a way of living, thinking and doing. It gives a person a new lens in which to see and evaluate the world around them. Permaculture has also given me hope, drive and a realization of what my life’s purpose truly is. Realizing my life’s purpose has been the strongest driving force I’ve experienced.
Investing in someone with a purpose, and someone who is driven to take action to make a real change is always smart. This type of investment will certainly show a return on the initial investment. By attending Permaculture Voices, I will be able to learn from others’ successes and from their mistakes. I will get to meet with like-minded people, and make connections that can help me achieve my life’s purpose: Helping and Healing. I may also be able to help others with their goals and life’s purpose. This is an opportunity to help me help others, an opportunity for me to learn and improve.
I have not started any workshops yet, but I am in the thought process of who, what, when and how.
This leads me to two questions: What I can do to help you or your land heal? What is your purpose? I would love to read your comments!