When you follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell famously advised, who knows where it will lead you? For Carol Ann Sayle, it led her on a winding path, the end of which she could not have predicted. When she and her husband, Larry, bought a farm not far from Austin, Texas in 1982, it was just a refuge where they could enjoy a simple life of gardening and chicken tending on weekends.
Who knew that a midlife course correction would lead them to operating Boggy Creek Farm, one of the first and best known urban market farms in the country, and national acclaim as ‘pioneers’ of the local food movement?
We’ve all dreamed at one time or other of ‘following our bliss’. Some of us are actually lucky enough to be able to do it. But zeroing in on our bliss and then following it is often a messy process requiring planning, delays, and unexpected detours and delights along the way.
For Mary Beth Murphy, finding her bliss started with a tragedy, but wound its way through delights, detours and uncertainties, before finding its way to Piche, the company she founded that imports estate grown French olive oils.
How often do you have an idea or inspiration that lights you up for a moment? How often do you let it go without acting on it? Maybe it seems like too much trouble, or you just think you’re too ‘ordinary’ to actually make a difference.
Rebecca Powers is an example of what can happen when you act on that flash of inspiration. An ‘ordinary’ woman like you or me, she was seized by an idea that she acted on. The result has had an extraordinary impact on hundreds of others as well as a transformative effect on her!