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Christmas Eve

December 24, 2009

Today, my favorite customer told me and my friend Steph a story about his 16 year old granddaughter. She had asked him, “Grandpa, what is the purpose of everything?”  He told her:
“The purpose is your individual choices. Your purpose is what you make it, not what other people think you should make it. If you follow what other people think your purpose is, you’re at fault. Your purpose is your own choice.”

I thanked him for giving me the best Christmas gift I could ask for by sharing in his wisdom.

My Christmas wish this year is to make the choice as to what my purpose really is.

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  1. December 24, 2009 1:19 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. I think it was Derek who said that we are the results of our choices. This just drove it home further. That’s beautiful motivation for someone trying to ‘make it,’ ha – and I loved this 🙂

  2. December 24, 2009 8:57 pm

    That is incredibly beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  3. December 24, 2009 11:06 pm

    Love it! Sometimes our purpose finds us before we find it, too. 🙂

  4. December 25, 2009 2:18 am

    Just as an FYI wanted to flag you to three posts that resulted from our field visits with Heifer International in Rwanda. They are doing terrific work on the ground…

    Here are the write-ups for the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet [http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet]:

    Part 1: Healing with livestock in Rwanda
    http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/healing-with-livestock-in-rwanda/

    Part 2: Teacher Turned Farmer…Turned Teacher
    http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/teacher-turned-farmer%e2%80%a6turned-teacher/

    Part 3: Got Biogas?
    http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/got-biogas/

    Part 4: For Poor Households in Rwanda, One Cow Makes A Difference
    http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/for-poor-households-in-rwanda-one-cow-makes-a-difference/

    We are travel blogging from Africa at a site called Border Jumpers which can be viewed at http://www.borderjumpers.org
    Danielle Nierenberg and Bernard Pollack

  5. December 27, 2009 1:06 pm

    this is beautiful. i hope i find my purpose too.

  6. December 28, 2009 11:15 am

    Oh I love this! What fabulous words of wisdom.

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