The Big Picture

I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose. When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds. Ellen DeGeneres


This is the last week of my job. I feel somewhat in limbo, somewhat emotionally stressed. Soon my life is going to change. Heck, it is changing already.

I have always identified myself by the work I’ve done. Whether I’ve been a business owner, events coordinator, project manager or administrative assistant, my work becomes my persona. It is an extension of me and who I am. Maybe my ego gets tied up in it. I’m sure it does.

DSC_0145Now as I go forward, I leave another job behind me. I put on a different cloak. It identifies me as caretaker to my mom. It feels good to be able to say this. I am leaving to spend time with my mom. This is enough of a purpose for now….though I have a feeling there will be more to come.

Interestingly enough, I have been thinking a lot about ego lately. Quotes have been coming into my view that cause me to think twice. This one caught my eye today- “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. ” (Matthew 6:24)

So true. I am leaving my job for time with my mother. I am also taking time for myself. As I grow closer to God, material things matter less. Money matters less. So far, all that I need has been provided to me. Strangely enough, I am requiring less and less to feel fulfilled. This must be the enormous gift of walking a spiritual path.

Thank you again to my daughter, Michelene for these beautiful pictures of California flowers.


Do you feel your spiritual purpose? Tell me about it!

Join me on my graceful journey.

17 Replies to “The Big Picture”

  1. Beautiful flower photos from your daughter. I find that one of the hardest parts comes when we are required to fill out a form and state our occupation. To write homemaker or whatever our role is seems so inadequate. It would be nice to write something like “Me”. We are always so identified/constrained by what we do and not by what/who we are.

  2. Good morning Joanne! I wish I felt my spiritual purpose. I believe that my purpose at the moment is to take care of these 4 precious children in my care. Is that a spiritual purpose? I am not sure. Have an awesome day!

  3. It is hard to leave a job which has provided an identity. I think that is why a hobby or outside the job interest is so important. It reminds us of the other facets we possess, that we are more than a job title. I hope the time with your mother is full of moments of bliss and few moments of angst.

    1. It is true. I do think having hobbies is important. I have a wide circle of friends with similar interests and I have nurtured those relationships. My time with my mom is already bringing me great moments of joy. Many thanks for stopping by today! xo Joanne

  4. Being with your mother now is something you will never regret later. God is with us through every step, and when we trust in Him He will provide. I talk a big ‘game’ but sometimes I feel the threat of fear coming over me, and I just keep remembering my dream where I was told to “Trust in God”.

    I once belonged to an art society on the internet. It was a wonderful experience at the time, and artists showed their work and commented on other artist’s work…also ‘followed’ them so to speak as we do here on the blogs. I was once told by another artist commenting on my work the following, “you’re going to drag us into the light no matter what, Marianne.” So I suppose my spiritual purpose is ‘dragging’ others into the light…col…Or at least exposing them to that concept.

    They say you teach what you need to learn…
    A new season in your life is beginning, and I have no doubt you will live it fully, joyfully, and that it will provide for you more blessings than you expected.

    To turning the corners in life, and discovering wonders,
    Marianne xox

    P.S. The flower photos are beautiful!

    1. Hello Marianne! I love how you comfort me with your words. I am looking forward to the blessings that are coming as well as the delightful corners I will now be discovering. Thank you for your encouragement- it means much to me! xo Joanne

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