I am trying to get caught up on my homework in the online class, Crafting My Best Life.  There are more classes coming up, sewing, painting, jewelry, etc.    We had homework regarding questions that made us look at our values.   A little bag was provided in the kit, I stamped a key on it for my compass and E=MC2.
E is for Ellen=Moral Compass 2(I have two children to pass my values onto, while they form their own).  The questions were tough, but necessary.  I find my values anchor my soul to my authentic self; We can only be our best selves and no one else. 

I found this Mary Oliver poem today; I feel the struggle as I try to continue on the path, I know is mine. My family loves me, but they are use to me guiding my compass by them.  I have to find my North star, I know where it lies, it is doing the work, keeping on track and when needed recalculate. Life has many detours, but we must remember to get back in the driver's seat and continue our soul's journey. We owe it to ourselves...I don't want to be on my death bed, wondering "What If"....

The Journey
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

~Mary Oliver~


Sherry Blue Sky said…
Oh yes, I so love this poem of Mary Oliver' wives, as mothers (especially as mothers), so much of our lives are about doing for everyone else, helping everyone teaches us the truth of this poem - and of life - the only life we can save is our own. We dont regret the sacrifices we make for our kids. But it is important to continue, as you say, to follow our own North Stars, so there is something of our life developing, along with everyone else's........good for you, Ellie, you are on the journey, and it is an amazing one!
Rayna M. Iyer said…
I love your explanation of E=Mc2
Very cool Ellie and the poem speaks to me. I really need to catch up on my cmbl homework.
Love to you,
Excellent Ellie, this was a verse that was a pleasure to read.

Have a good day,

Old Ollie said…
Ellie - may you find your North Star; better yet, may your North Star find you.
Jules said…
Beautiful poem and I loved your analogy but that recalculating? I hate the woman in the GPS that constantly says, "Recalculating." :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow
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Lisa said…
love the poem, made a copy of it to hang where I can see it everyday
Only you can choose your own path!
Hi Ellie, thanks for stopping by my blog. I just checked comments for the Project Genesis Post. Love your ideas for recycling. Your tag is gorgeous! I save all kinds of bits and pieces and scraps. I must say, I'm driving myself a little crazy. HA! Love thise poem you have shared. How wonderful that you are crafting your best life. I can relate to everything you've posted here today. Wishing you all the best, :) Tammy
LTM said…
ooo---love it. Love the poem, love the art. Hate those voices~ Thanks, hon! :o) <3
Carolyn Abiad said…
Love the clever equation!
Jingle said…
Einstein's equation...
how divine..

do what you can do, do it well,
that's cool..

very smart ideas in your words.
I wish I had had the money to take the class and get the kit.. it would be so fun.. to see how different our projects.. turned out.. and maybe how the same.. very interesting take on it.. I like the key and the compass...
Wanda said…
I like that equation Ellie!
Jennifer said…
I just love how you decorated your bag. So precious. I still have to do mine. I am so behind! But what a beautiful place for you to place your stones.

I love that poem. It speaks directly to my heart. Thank you for bringing it back up to me again.