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Sigh.  I never know how to do this.  I generally resist defining myself as much as possible in life.  It’s one of the failings of modern society that we must label ourselves immediately in nearly every social situation because we have not developed anything like true community, where a person becomes known by their presence and behavior over time.

I love to toss a monkey wrench into this pattern whenever possible.  When someone asks me, for instance, what it is that I “do in life,” I enjoy coming up with unexpected responses, some of them quite bizarre by our narrow standards.  “I dip my toes into the collective unconscious and sometimes wade right in. ”   “I consider the lilies.”  “I envision a whole new paradigm while simultaneously holding down a position as a wage-slave for Empire.”  “I’m trying to get away from so much doing and rest in Being.”  The looks I get are fantastic.  Most people cannot wait to circulate a little farther from my corner of the room.M.E.

But these answers contain just as much truth as a short definition by a role or title:  I’m a mother of three, investment banker, short-haul trucker, professor, window-washer, trust-fund baby.  All these titles do is help us to put the Other in a neat little category in the mind.  I’d much rather meet on open ground and be open to what the other person is, what they’re thinking and feeling.  I long for depth, rather than the shallow, superficial interactions we usually get in this culture.  And sometimes, when I give these answers, I get it in spades.  Like recognizes like, there is an immediate kinship of spirits, and we can relax and laugh a little when we don’t have to squeeze our round-peg selves into square holes.

Plus, like everyone else, nothing human is foreign to me.  I contain all of the paired opposites within my psyche:  kindness and cruelty, skepticism and gullibility, softness and rigidity, laughter and tears, desire for change and resistance to same, moments of brilliance and moments of unbelievable stupidity.  That said, if you want to know about me, probably reading my blog will give you some ideas about what matters to me most.

Oh, and I have another blog, called Victory Garden Redux.  It’s like a personal photographic album, a pictorial record of my kitchen garden’s progress.  I try to post something there every day.

Update: The Enchanted Earth is where I can now be found blogging about my interactions with Nature and experiences of Beauty and Being and Joy and Wonder, whether those happen in my little garden or elsewhere.  Victory Garden Redux, well-loved to the very end, officially retired in February 2010.

I hope you enjoy your time at both of my blogs.  I hope to get a conversation started here, perhaps to meet some kindred spirits along the way as I explore my own artistic development, and so I will try to respond to any and all legitimate comments.

If you need to contact me for any reason, you can e-mail me at:

meredith<at>theenchantedearth.com

(and obviously, replace the <at> with @).

Responses

  1. Your words are beautiful, Mer. And very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing. I will be a devoted reader.

  2. Thanks so much, Heather. Those kind words mean a lot to me, especially coming from you! I’m so glad to know you’re out there reading 🙂

  3. […] blog.  Sometimes it feels almost faceless.  Certainly, none of the photographs are of me.  My personal portrait appears on the other blog, as do most of the details of my life that I let show on the […]

  4. I love your responses to the ‘what do you do with your life’ question! I so agree with you! Labels do not identify who we truly are.

  5. Dear Meredith,
    I feel the same way. I have never been one to answer to casual ‘factual’ information straight up. I usually just say the first few moments of energy that flows and that is as much truth as the role or title. Though I find the true moments of flow more powerful and meaningful than those roles and characteristics which we are always changing in and out from. It is a pleasure to meet you, and I look forward to hearing more about your experiences. 🙂
    Kind Regards

  6. Hello Meredith,

    I too, find it hard to define myself or restrict myself to a narrow and opinionated version of who I am. I like to think that I am a free spirit who is experiencing life as it comes my way.

    Looking forward to getting to know you on our Creativity Workshop.

  7. *waves* Hi Meredith. I love bios like this that really tell you so much about the author, and so much more.

  8. Dear Meredith,I feel the same way. I have never been one to answer to casual ‘factual’ information straight up. I usually just say the first few moments of energy that flows and that is as much truth as the role or title. Though I find the true moments of flow more powerful and meaningful than those roles and characteristics which we are always changing in and out from. It is a pleasure to meet you, and I look forward to hearing more about your experiences. Kind Regards
    +1


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