Happy New Year! This is pretty exciting news. My heroine's journey, "A Stone in My Pocket," was selected favorite nonfiction essay of 2019 published by L'Éphémère Review. Carrying a stranger's burdens and having a stranger carry yours for a few hundred miles gets you thinking that life is not a dress rehearsal. This has also been on my mind since I turned 70 last month.
How am I spending my time every day? Is it moving me forward? Is it moving my family and relationships forward? Is it moving the world forward? Am I learning? Am I growing?
These are the questions I asked myself on the Camino de Santiago and continue to ask. Sometimes the answer is a resounding YES, but sometimes it's NO.
When I have the courage to think about it, my thoughts inevitably come back to PURPOSE. What's my purpose now?
Over the years my adult purpose has evolved:
Be the best mom I can be.
Be the best friend I can be.
Be the best hiker I can be.
Be the best professional I can be.
Be the best partner I can be.
Now I'm looking toward my legacy. What am I leaving to my family and friends? The community? The earth?
Have I got you thinking??
A STONE IN MY POCKET, L'Éphémère Review
www.ephemerereview.com/dulcet. August 17, 2019
The next essay on The Equal Rights Amendment is coming along. I'm looking for more interviews with women and men who feel they have been discriminated against. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading. Until next time, Elizabeth
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